Monthly Archives: December 2017
Ostracons often go beyond traditional motives. Among them there are drawings of a parody and satirical character. A number of plots, in which parallels to fables are guessed, are almost not represented in any other art form, except ostracons, papyri and individual reliefs. Here, traits characteristic of humans are transferred to animals – cats graze geese, talk with monkeys, moreover, the animals themselves change their roles in relation to each other, for example, cats cater to mice and lions to goats. Continue reading
A true masterpiece is the ostracone with the image of acrobatic dance. In a rapid movement, a flexible acrobat leaned back sharply. The moving grace of the figure is emphasized by the falling strands of the wig. An interesting detail: the earring in the ear, not obeying the movement of the figure, remains to hang motionless.
Such conventions can often be observed in ancient Egyptian art, since the artist never sacrifices the purity of the silhouette lines for reliability. Continue reading
In the art of Ancient Egypt there are monuments that make up a special group. These are works of graphic art – drawings on brackons. The Greek word “ostrakon” literally means shard, a fragment of ceramics. However, in relation to the art of Ancient Egypt, it has a more capacious meaning. Continue reading