Alabaster figures in Egypt with Ramses and his wife
Alabaster gypsum was a popular material in Egypt for making statues. Today the origin of the word "alabaster" is controversial. In the course of time it was also used for other materials with similar properties: A light to white surface, which has a matt shine when ground. This noble-looking material was particularly popular in Egypt for the statues of gods and outstanding personalities. Today's monochrome statues were mostly colorfully painted at the time of manufacture and were oriented to realistic bodies.
- Raw casting
- alabaster gypsum
- for self sanding and painting
- height: approx. 18 cm x width: approx. 5 cm
Painting and sculpture were omnipresent in ancient Egypt. In order to establish contact to the afterlife and to make a good life after death possible for the deceased, elaborate representations were made. On the traces of the culture of the Egyptians it is particularly exciting for children and young people to paint figures with Egyptian motives themselves. This lively approach to history is fun and at the same time conveys valuable content.
Statuettes as access to the afterlife
Uscheptides have been known in Egypt for about 2000 years before Christ. They represented deceased in the form of mummies. In many cases they were even marked with the name of the deceased so that they could answer in place of the deceased before the Last Judgement. The work of the deceased should also be carried out in the afterlife by the Uschepti. Uscheptis are widespread and have been found in numerous excavations. Particularly outstanding persons were depicted particularly often, among them of course above all the supreme king, the Pharaoh Ramses and the queen. In order to enable them to live in the afterlife, they were strongly idealized. Such depictions were often commissioned by the Pharaoh himself during his lifetime.
The painting by hand makes it possible to experience history in a playful way. Especially children learn something about Egyptian history with fun, because their own experience arouses interest and is a valuable learning experience.
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