Some five thousand years ago, the forms and images of Egypt’s rich artistic tradition developed within a relatively brief space of time.
The power of faith, mythology and the hierarchical structure around the king/pharaoh was so strong that hardly any changes were undertaken over the three millennia that followed. Frankfurt’s pink granite statue thus adheres to the eternally valid figural type of the pharaoh to depict Alexander the Great. The grand tombs at the bases of the pyramids were decorated with hundreds of statues and reliefs.

Alexander the Great as Pharaoh

Alexander the Great as Pharaoh, Greco-Roman Egypt, ca. 300 BC (?)

Coffin Lid of the Mummy of Takait, Priestess of Amun-Re

Coffin Lid of the Mummy of Takait, Priestess of Amun-Re, Egypt, 13th century BC

Mummy Portrait of a Girl

Mummy Portrait of a Girl, Roman Egypt, 120-150

Relief from the Funerary Temple of King Sahure

Relief from the Funerary Temple of King Sahure, Egypt, 2471-2458 BC

Statue of the Goddess Sekhmet

Statue of the Goddess Sekhmet, Egypt, ca.1375 BC
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