Acient Art

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The Pair Statue of Menkaure and His Queen, Khamerenebty II, was sculptured

Between 2548-2530 B.C.E. This piece of art work was found in the lower temple of Mycerinus at Giza. The modeled surface gives the sculpture a naturalistic or realistic form. It is an Egyptian piece of work carved out of stone. Stone was a popular material to use during this time period. Although, the artist is unknown, he has done a great job carving Menkaure as a classic man during this time period. This stone sculpture represents the King and Queen entering into the eternal life after death. The statue is a solid mass and it stand about 54 ½ in. in height. Menkaure has a false beard, a royal head cloth with his chest uncovered and no shoes. He appears to have something in each hand. Could he be pulling a small chariot of some sort? Or could it simply be a pair of golden tools he wants to take to the afterlife with him? Menkaure and his Queen appear to be walking in stride as one.

Khamerernebty is known to be his wife but there are questions in history if she is his wife or mother? But, one thing we do know is that she is a Queen and she is holding him around his waste which is a gesture of intimacy and respect.

The Ziggurat at UR is another great piece of ancient art work. "At the end of the fourth millennium B.C., enormous mud-brick platforms had been built at a number of sites in Mesopotamia. It is presumed that the originally supported important buildings, especially temples. By the mid-third millennium B.C., some temples were being built on huge stepped platforms. These are called Ziggurats in cumeiformtexts. While the actual significance of these structures is unknown,