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Egyptian Pottery Ageless Beauty

Egyptian Pottery Ageless Beauty

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Published by Joan Butterfield
One thing is certain however, the ancient Egyptians were artisans in their own right and one type of art in which they excelled was pottery.
One thing is certain however, the ancient Egyptians were artisans in their own right and one type of art in which they excelled was pottery.

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Published by: Joan Butterfield on Dec 27, 2008
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Egyptian Pottery Ageless Beauty…
By Joan Butterfield
www.richartistpoorartist.com 
Ancient Egypt is a place of wild beauty and great fascination to many people today.Once, a hotbed of intrigue, commerce, and industry there is much about Egypt thatremains dark and mysterious even in the modern world in which we currently live. Onething is certain however, the ancient Egyptians were artisans in their own right and onetype of art in which they excelled was pottery. The pottery of ancient Egypt is oftenimitated today for many reasons.Scholars have come to some sort of consensus of belief that the ancient Egyptians mayhave been the first to use enamel in pottery—a practice that adds great beauty and valueto the pottery pieces, making them a true work of art. The amazing thing is that this issomething that was introduced, we believe, nearly four thousand years ago and is stillvalued in today’s modern society.To illustrate just how important pottery was to the ancient Egyptians there are actuallypieces of pottery that are included in the ancient hieroglyphics that depicted acts of day today living in this ancient civilization. Pottery was included in more than a few of theseglimpses into history establishing its importance and the commonality of its use.Pottery in ancient Egypt was almost always made for use rather than made for decoration.Even the smaller pieces were meant to hold perfumes with the larger pieces of potteryholding grains, water, wine, and even meat for later use or consumption. The pottery of ancient Egypt could also be found in many sizes to accommodate the different needs thepottery filled. It was common to find various pieces ranging in sizes from inches tall tothree or four feet in height. Pottery was as common to the Egyptians of old as appliancesare today and it did serve to make life go much more smoothly for the people who usedit.In ancient Egypt pottery was also used for some of the most sacred rites of burial. Potterypieces were used to hold certain organs after they were removed from the body during theembalming process to prepare the body for burial. Each of the following: heart and lungs,liver, small intestines, and the stomach were placed in four separate containers made of pottery and buried along with the body. It should be noted that the Egyptians are not the

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