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Ancient Egyptian culture throughout its many ups and downs was consistently fixated around two features of their ethos their pharaohs and their religion In actuality these two aspects go hand in hand as the pharaoh was typically believed to be a living god These ideals stood the test of time throughout the dynastic Egyptian kingdoms period of influence an era spanning from approximately 3000BCE until 30BCE It was during the later part of this reign that the Statue of Isis a funerary work that demonstrates the intransience of these principles was believed to have been created Created during the Late Periods Twenty-sixth Dynasty 664-525BCE out of the material greywacke this work has been preserved by the Egyptian Museum in Cairo as yet another testament to the culture and style of Egyptian art One can deduct this through both visual examinations and investigating the pieces significance as an Egyptian sculpture For that reason through a formal analysis of the statue as well as a look at the background of the statue and its time period the Statue of Isis relation to the ideals of Egyptian mythology and the entitlement of the pharaohs will become unmistakable The Statue of Isis contains several elements that work together to portray a self-contained image of the mother goddess Isis The work is said to be self-contained because it is very solid and compact with Isis sitting firmly against the back of her seat with her hands and legs resting closely to her seat as well At dimensions of 89 x 21 x 46 cm this closed form figure was sculpted in such a fashion that it is easy to imagine the entire unchiseled block of greywacke from which the sculpture was originally fashioned Moreover the statues texture is extremely smooth and polished almost to the point of being reflective which is surprising considering greywacke is one of the more coarse mediums with which to create sculpture This
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