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Art and life in ancient Egypt
Art and life in ancient Egypt

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2.3 Summary

The banquet fragment shows a formal occasion with guests being served and entertained, and consists of a series of registers or bands. It is not clear what spatial arrangement these bands represent. The scene captures a sense of atmosphere and activity to a degree that is unusual in Egyptian art. This effect is due to the relatively informal technique used to paint it, and even the breaking of certain Egyptian representational conventions – such as the full faces of the musicians.