Tomb of Ramses VI, Egypt.
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God I love dagged sleeves. Almost as much as I love slashed ones. I just want to dag and slash everything I can get my hands on.
I’ve wanted Maleficent to be the first villain in the series for a while now, ever since I made the mental leap between Maleficent’s horns and 15th century horned hennins. The time period works out pretty well, actually, since I wanted her to look a little more dated than Aurora’s 1480’s getup- both houppelandes and horned hennins were all the rage during the early- to mid-1400’s, and they make for pretty good analogues to her official costuming. Sexy stuff.
This proves more than any of the previous pieces that these are adaptations, not improvements. I mean, look at the original Maleficent design- how does one improve on PERFECTION
Zippers were invented in 1851.
That blows my fucking mind.
I’m guessing that boobs didn’t work like that in Ancient Egypt
Maybe they gave helium breast enlargements
Eh, I’d give the ancient Egyptians a break. They had engineering and astronomy down pat, but bless their souls if they didn’t understand perspective, let alone anatomy.
FINALLY, A CHANCE TO USE MY ART HISTORY CLASSES *EYES SPARKLE*
Egyptians actually knew anatomy very well, their style came about because they wanted to represent the human form in the most straightforward way visually possible. They wanted to show each part of human anatomy in a way that it could be visually understood immediately. For example, they always draw faces to the side because then you can see and understand that the nose sticks out— something you cannot really ‘get’ when the face is drawn from the front without a lot of shading. This is why the shoulders are from the front, but legs and, in this case, breasts, are to the side.
The reason they did that, by the way, was because they believed that otherwise the spirit of the person depicted would be left without that body part, or not remember that they had that body part. Pretty unfortunate when the afterlife was supposed to be like an entirely new life.
What’s really interesting is that this rigid representation was only used for people who mattered. If you look at how they drew slaves, you will see much more fluidity of the form, and they look much more natural.
AWWW YISS HAVE SOME ARCHAEOLOGY <3
Relief art is limited by the materials and the surface area (and of course the skill of the craftsperson involved). If you look at Egyptian statuary from the same period, you’ll see a much higher degree of realism.
Trends in artistic convention also play a huge part. Egyptian art spans thousands of years and numerous distinct nation-states. To say that “the Egyptians” did a thing is a little like saying “the Americans” wear knee breeches now because some did in the 1700s.
The above relief, if I’m not mistaken, is from the Temple of Kom Ombo, which was built during the Ptolemaic era and shows a heavier influence from Greek and Roman art and architecture styles.
Whereas if you look at the Amarna Period (pictured below, admittedly in and of itself a huge stylistic departure from the established norm) you can actually watch as the figure style changes from very soft and naturalistic to more representative, with emphasis on a unified androgynous appearance. (Why that happened is a whole other story.)
Back to our regularly scheduled nonsense about superheroes shortly.
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