Portraiture and the Royal Cult Old Gods, New uises Materials, Style, and Technique


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Material, Style, and Technique

Since marble had to be imported, sculptures in marble were produced mostly for the Greek court and audience. Characteristic of Greco-Roman Egypt are also the sculptural techniques of piecing together (inserting a marble head onto a body of a different material) and of fabricating unseen parts with less valuable materials. For the production of large-scale Egyptian-style sculptures, traditional stone from domestic quarries, such as granite, basalt, and limestone, was preferred.

For small objects, semi-precious gemstones and ivory from tusks inspired fine carving; and the brilliantly colored faience (a glazed ceramic) was chosen for unusual designs. Gold from the mines of the Eastern Desert and Nubia was refined to high purity and worked into striking Egyptian-style motifs.



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