Egyptian ostracons (part 4)
Ostracons constitute a significant, but little-known layer of Egyptian art. They can be divided into several categories: drawings, sketches, compositions for wall paintings and reliefs, fluent full-scale sketches, in which the masters made sketches of vivid postures, facial expressions, gestures, drawings, models, which served as a kind of visual aids.
Leading masters were fluent in the technique of carving and painting, and each of them was an excellent draftsman. In the sketch-models of compositions and details of individual scenes, they saw only the preliminary stage of work, without giving them independent artistic significance. They often simply threw ostracons after their role in the preparatory phase was exhausted.
In sketches on ostracons, artists allowed themselves to depict scenes of comic, grotesque content that were not intended for wide viewing. The bold ease of these works, the diversity of their themes, their appeal to everyday life reveal another important aspect of ancient Egyptian art – unofficial and non-canonical, warmed by sincerity feelings. They allow us not only to look into the creative laboratory of the master, but also to feel the beating of his heart, which responded to all the truly beautiful that life gave.