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p. 604. Art and powerlocked

  • Christina Riggs

Abstract

‘Art and power’ considers how works of art and architecture were used to negotiate power relationships between human beings in the complex, hierarchical society of ancient Egypt, and between human beings and the world of the gods. The king’s body—its care and adornment, its representation in art, and its safety—was an important concern, which Egyptian art explored in many ways. The architecture of Egyptian temples was designed to keep people out in order to maintain a pure and desirable home for the gods. But they were also central to Egyptian society as the priests helped oversee the administrative, economic, and cultural life of the country.

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