Hiding your feelings? Emotion in ancient Egyptian art.
Date(s) - 10/22/2020
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Carlisle and District Egyptology Society
About this Event
Ancient Egyptian art was bound by unspoken ‘rules of decorum’ that restricted the ways that people – particularly the elite – could be shown. These rules dictated that no emotions could be depicted on elite faces – so Egypt’s most powerful men and women look back at us from their stelae and tomb walls, impassive and seemingly unaffected by what was going on around them. We can point only to a few exceptions – of course, the most famous rule-breaker, Akhenaten, is one. Otherwise, we have to look for the expression of emotion elsewhere. Surprisingly, animals seem to fill the gap. In depictions of the animal world, we can find everything from love and joy to aggression and terror. This talk will explore the ways these animal emotions mapped onto the human realm.
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