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p. 775. Signs, sex, statuslocked

  • Christina Riggs

Abstract

Through the materials they used and the objects they made, ancient Egyptian artists and craftsmen turned animals, plants, and the Nile into metaphors for what cannot be seen: good and evil, creation, or the transformation of the dead. ‘Signs, sex, status’ considers the references to hippopotami, the goddess Isis, the marshes, and fertility and sexual imagery that recur throughout Egyptian art and architecture, with their distinct hieroglyphic symbols, compositional rules, and social strictures. It shows how much elite men dominated the world of high culture. Women were an integral part of this social stratum as well, but gender roles and family relationships informed who was represented in art, and how.

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