Ancient Egyptian art flourished due to technology advancements. The advancements led to new styles of art and new items being created. The Ancient Egyptians created murals, jewelry, pottery, figurines, musical instruments, and glazing.
The Egyptian relief murals were more intricate then previous generations, because of the development of bronze tools. The lines of the murals were deeper, which in turn created a higher definition of contrast between objects. Nonetheless, the reliefs are still linear and flat (Avery).
Jewelry was an important item to the Egyptians and played a key role in ceremonies. The most common jewelry was amulets and other amuletic items. The jewelry was made of metals, stones, colored glass, and ivory or wood. Not only was the jewelry used in ceremonies, but it was also a regular wearable item. Egyptian jewelry started off basic, but then progressed to having more intricate details and heavier use of metals (Strudwick).
Pottery by the Egyptians was created from the clay found in and around the Nile River. At first, the pottery was very basic, but then became more intricate as time went on through the periods of Ancient Egypt. The Egyptians also created the first known pottery wheels to spin pottery. The pottery wheels gave the Egyptians and advantage over previous generations, because it allowed for more uniform and complex pottery (Strudwick).
Egyptian figurines were not as common. The figurines were created from stone, metal, and glass. The glass figurines served more purposes than just being art. Glass figurines also played key roles as a bottle for rituals and burials. Other figurines were also used for rituals and religious purposes. Of course, some vessels were used to store makeup (Strudwick).
Egyptians also had musical instruments. Musical instruments were used in religious worship, ceremonies and banquets. The Egyptians had an assortment of instruments such as idiophones, membranophones (Drums), aerophones (Flute), and chordophones (Harp). Each played a role in ceremonies and religious worships. Idiophones were considered music of the gods. Membranophones were mostly used in religious purposes. Aerophones and Chordophones were use in worship, ceremonies, and banquets (Strudwick).
Egyptians created the first known glazes for objects. The glaze created by the Egyptian was known as Faience. Glazes were made of powdered quartz and an alkaline. The glazes only came in colors of blues to bluish greens. Eventually, other colors were created, but were not as common. The glazes were used on jewelry, figurines, and other small items to give them color. Inlays and beads also received glazes. Glazes were hardly ever used on large items, because of it being too expensive (Strudwick).
Egyptians not only benefited from technology, but also created new technology for art. Egyptians dabbled in far more than just murals and jewelry. They also created the first bronze tools used in art, and the first known pottery wheels.
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Strudwick, H., et al. (n.d.). Egypt, ancient. Retrieved from Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online.