Understanding and Evaluating the Arts

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The two forms of Art that I will be choosing will be: “Ostracon”, from the Egyptian, 19-20 dynasties, with the time period of ca. 1295–1069 B.C. The other piece of art that I will be discussing is “Standing Buddha”, from China in the mid-fifth century, in the Northern Wei dynasty (386-534).

Ostracon:The Ostracon, made by the Egyptians from the 19-20 dynasty in the Ramesside Period, found in The Valley of the Kings near Western Thebes, was made on limestone with paint. The paint that was used was made with two basic colors, white and black. The white paint was used with crushed bone or crushed ivory. Black was made from the residue that the oil lamps made, that made a dark black and then, when the Egyptians roasted crushed ivory the color that was made was a brownish-black. In this picture an unknown king is hunting with his dog slaying a lion.

For most artists of our time to make drawings like these there were grids that were needed to be used to make sure that it was accurately portrayed, but these artists were amazingly skilled. These types of art including the unidentified ostracan were also found in The Valley of the Kings. The things that is also different about the normal hieratic that is seen around Egypt. So when the hieratic was translated it stated, “The slaughter of every foreign land, the Pharaoh-may he live, prosper, and be healthy.”According to historians, when the artist made this sketch he tried portraying his hopes of the current pharaoh ruling would dominate all of the enemies that came against Egypt (Timeline of Art History, October 2006).

Standing Buddha:The Standing Buddha, made in China in the Northern Wei dynasty (386-534), which was in the mid-5th century. The Standing Buddha...