8.1 Beyond the stereotype
Most of these characteristic features of Egyptian two-dimensional art can be found in the Nebamun wall-paintings (Figure 28). However, the Nebamun paintings also include several other features that do not conform so readily to our stereotypes of Egyptian art.
Activity 3 Beyond the stereotype
Study these figures. Can you find three or four examples of features that are not stereotypically Egyptian?
You may have spotted these features:
- painterly brushwork to capture the effect of texture
- a careful variation of details, e.g .of gesture and the positioning of accessories, to avoid visual monotony
- the sideways view of the old farmer’s shoulders
- perhaps most striking of all, the presence of two full-face representations among the musicians, and the accompanying effect of movement in their hair.