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The relationship between Egyptian rulers and their gods were ever present in many examples of Egyptian art throughout the many changes in leadership The depictions of these relationships however were not always consistent from ruler to ruler dynasty to dynasty The Palette of Narmer Seated Statue of Khafre and Akenaten and Nefertit and their Children are three prime examples of the differences in depiction from one period to another The Palette of Narmer done around 3000 BC in the Predynastic Period depicts King Narmer as the most important figure of the work A system of hierarchical proportions is important to this piece Narmers dominating size and central position on the front side of the work point to his importance whereas his sandal-bearer and defeated rivals are smaller in size and thus less important Horus the falcon god of sky and kingship is also very large and is shown at Narmers head height showing his importance as a god The relationship between the two characters is depicted as that of a partnership Narmer subdues the ruler of Lower Egypt while Horus holds captive symbols of Lower Egypt six papyrus plants Also notable is the frontal views of the heads of Hathor the cow goddess whose relationship is depicted as that of a protector of Narmer and is found of either side of the palette On the reverse side we again find hierarchical proportions at work as well as Hathor protecting and helping Narmer The final important note on this piece is of the human form It is done in a very conceptual approach The upper body is done in a frontal view while the legs and head are done in profile With the Seated Statue of Khafre we see some continuities from the past but also some changes The god Horus is again found in this work in an even more protecting role behind Khafres head We also find standing lions on either side of
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