Identify the general features and characteristics of the Predynastic Period, Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom, New Kingdom, and the Amarna Period. Make a chart! Pick at least one artwork for each period and describe how it specifically describes the uniqueness of each period.
Why do we look mainly at ancient Egyptian funerary architecture and not at domestic architecture? To which did the ancient Egyptians give a higher importance––and how can we prove this?
The Palette of Narmer, which was created about 3000B.C.E., is extremely important in Egyptian history and art for several reasons.
What does it document politically?
Describe the iconography of each side.
What did the object function as?
What does the object tell us about religion and the king?
Why is this object considered the earliest historical artwork preserved?
Palette of King Narmer, from Hierakonpolis, Egypt, Predynastic, ca. 3000–2920 BCE. Slate, 2’ 1” high.
IMHOTEP, Stepped Pyramid and mortuary precinct of Djoser, Saqqara, Egypt, Third Dynasty, ca. 2630–2611 BCE.