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p. 383. Hieroglyphs and artlocked

p. 383. Hieroglyphs and artlocked

  • Penelope Wilson


Hieroglyphs were for the gods and elite. They were used to express the special relationship between the two. They provided an exalted mode of communication within a formal ritualistic setting within an architectural framework which defined spatial and temporal zones. ‘Hieroglyphs and art’ examines the pictorial nature and the purpose of using these images in hieroglyphs. Individual signs are recognizable as something from the Egyptian world. They provide a linguistic challenge but also allow us to glimpse Egyptian culture and daily life. The presence of hieroglyphs acted as a status marker. The most extreme form of status, that of being divine, implied knowledge and magical power.

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