The Symbolic Use of Color in Ancient Egyptian Art

Very informative post by Sarduriur aka “Shadows of the Sun”, certainly one of the few scholarly blogs with an enormous quality of information yet written laity-friendly. I highly recommend Sarduriurs’s entries in general to educate yourself in Egyptian and ANE history. 🙂

Shadows of the Sun

KV 57 Tomb of HoremhebDetail of a vibrant and well-preserved mural from the tomb of Horemheb (KV57). Egyptian paints were created from mineral sources, lending them an unmatched permanency and brilliance. Temples and tombs whose painted reliefs are faded didn’t become that way due to any “weakness” or natural deteriorative quality in the paint. Rather, they are faded largely as a result of human tampering and overexposure to the elements. (Wilkinson, SMEA, 105)Image source.

The Ancient Egyptians’ use of color is a controversial topic, one which is quite often deeply misunderstood. It is a famous point of contention for those overly concerned with “race,” specifically Afrocentrists, some of whom often make claims to the effect of Egyptian deities being “literally Black” because some were depicted with black or reddish-brown skin in some instances, and that Ancient Egyptian society, rather than being a multi-ethnic Afro-Asiatic mosaic* society as has…

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