Date of Award
Master of Arts
Egyptian Art and Archaeology
Throughout Ancient Egypt's history, the artistic style used in rendering human forms has been altered on multiple occasions for varying reasons. In three cases, during the later Old Kingdom, the late reign of Amenhotep III, and the Amarna period, it appears that the alterations of style can be attributed to similar religious motivations. Moreover, these styles similarly render characteristics of the body in a childlike manner. Each of these periods is discussed, identifying important characteristics that define each as a separate style type and noting the specific religious motivations that inspired them. In each instance, it appears that the paedomorphic features associated with these styles reflect the emphasis on daily and eternal rejuvination linked with the solar deities Ra and the Aten, and the chthonic deity Osiris, who rose to national importance during these periods.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Smith, Aaron Jason, "An Analysis of the Alteration of Style During the Later Old Kingdom and Late Eighteenth Dynasty" (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 419.