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a highly finished, precisely cut block of stone. When laid in even courses, ashlar masonry creates a uniform face with fine joints. Often used as a facing on the visible exterior of a building, especially as a veneer for the façade.
A solar diety declared by Amenhotep IV to be the only god, represented as a solar disk with rays ending in human hands.
represented the very first mound of earth and marked the point where the first rays of sunlight fell from Re. The conical shape marked the Pharaoh's way to heaven by ascending the rays of the sun.
Book of the Dead
Collection of religious spells which were thought to be helpful to the deceased in the afterlife.
true or wet fresco; pigments are mixed with water and become chemically bound to the freshly laid lime plaster
a frame for a hieroglyphic inscription formed by a rope design surrounding and oval space. Used to signify a sacred or honored name.
The topmost zone of a wall with windows in a basilica extending above the aisle roofs. Provides direct light into the central interior space (the nave).
Creature made with assorted body parts from different animals usually symbolizes a divinity
art that is intended to convey an idea or concept to the perceiver and need not involve the creation or appreciation of a traditional art object such as a painting or sculpture.
alternating high and low sections of wall, giving a notched appearence and creating permanent defensive shields in the walls, giving a notched appearence
an early form of writing with wedge-shaped marks impressed into wet clay with a stylus, primarily used by ancient Mesopotamians.
a primitive style of masonry characterized by use of massive stones of irregular shape and size
Mesopotamian system of impressing symbolic notation onto wet clay with a marked cylinder
blocks of stone that have been cut and shaped to fit in a particular place for a particular purpose
type of ceramic covered with colorful, opaque glazes that forma smooth, impermeable surface. First developed in ancient Egypt.
Heb Sed Festival
an ancient Egyptian ceremony which was held to celebrate the continued rule of a pharaoh.
a circular area enclosed by stones or wood posts set up by Neolithic peoples. It is usually bounded by a ditch and raised embankment.
the use of different sizes for significant or holy figures and those of the everyday world to indicate importance. The larger the figure, the greater the importance.
pictographic script, particularly that of the ancient Egyptians, in which many of the symbols are conventionalized, recognizable pictures of the things represented.
the falcon- He was the son of Isis and Osiris, shown with the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt. The pharaohs were thought to represent Horus on earth.
a spiritual entity, an aspect of the individual, believed to live within the body during life and to survive it after death.
a vast maze built in Crete by Daedalus, at the command of King Minos, to house the Minotaur.
from the citadel of Sargon II, Dur Sharrukin, Assyria, ca. 720-705 BCE. Winged, man-headed bulls served to ward off the king's enemies.
the main hall of a Mycenaean palace or grand house, having a columnar porch and a room with a central fireplace surrounded by four columns.
an image that relies on the generic shapes and relationships that readily spring to mind at the mention of an object.
first civilization located between the Tigris & Eurphrates Rivers in present day Iraq; term means "land between the rivers;" Sumerian culture
a monster, the offspring of Pasiphaë and the Cretan bull, that had the head of a bull on the body of a man: housed in the Cretan Labyrinth, it was fed on human flesh until Theseus, helped by Ariadne, killed it.
in painting, the process of creating the illusion of three-dimensionality on a two-dimensional surface by use of light and shade. In sculpture, the process of molding a three-dimensional form out of a malleable substance.
Mortise and Tenon Joints
a method of jointing two elements. A projecting pin (tenon) on one element fits snugly into a hole designed for it (mortise) on the other. Such joints are very strong and flexible.
latest part of the Stone Age beginning about 10,000 BC in the middle east (but later elsewhere)
a metal technique in which a black sulfur alloy is rubbed into fine lines engraved into a metal (usually gold or silver). When heated, the alloy becomes fused with the surrounding metal and provides contrasting detail.
The period of the Stone Age associated with the evolution of humans. It predates the Neolithic period.
a somewhat flattish slate object of various shapes, carved with commemorative scenes or motifs or, esp. in the smaller pieces, containing a recessed area probably or mixing eye makeup and often used as a votive offering.
a megalithic tomb of the Neolithic and Copper or early Bronze ages found in the British Isles and Europe, consisting of a roofed burial chamber and narrow entrance passage covered by a round mound and containing human remains and funerary offerings.
a very large earthenware jar having a wide mouth, used by the ancient Greeks for storing liquids, as wine, or for holding food, as grain, or for the burial of the dead.
Post and Lintel
a system of construction in which two posts support a lintel (beam) going across them.
a chemical analysis used to determine the age of organic materials based on their content of the radioisotope carbon-14
In Mycenaean architecture, the triangular opening above the lintel that serves to lighten the weight to be carried by the lintel itself.
formed in relief by beating a metal plate from the back, leaving the impression on the face
any of numerous large sandstone blocks or fragments found in south-central England, probably remnants of eroded Tertiary beds.
A small concealed chamber in Egyptian mastaba for the statue of the deceased for the Ka to find
a person who acts as intermediary between the natural and supernatural worlds, using magic to cure illness, foretell the future, control spiritual forces, etc.
The artist cuts the design into the surface so that the highest projecting parts of the image are no higher than the surface itself
magic predicated on the belief that one thing or event can affect another at a distance as a consequence of a sympathetic connection between them.
an artificial mound consisting of the accumulated remains of one or more ancient settlements (often used in Egypt and the Middle East as part of a place name).
A convention of representation in which part of a figure is shown in profile and another part of the same figure is shown frontally
The Uraeus is a stylized upright cobra (or snake / serpent), used as a symbol of sovereignty, royalty, deity and divine authority in ancient Egypt.
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