Hatshepshut v/s Kouros

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Ancient Egyptian and Greek statues have many similarities. Hatshepsut in a Devotional Attitude is an Egyptian statue from 1473-1458 BCE. It is almost 8 feet tall and almost 2.5 feet wide. It is made of granite and is a statue of Queen Hatshepsut, the wife of Tutmose III, one of the most dynamic egyptian kings of the eighteenth dynasty. The Marble Statue of a Kouros (youth) is an Archaic Greek statue from 590-680 BCE. It is a little over 6 feet tall and about 20 inches at its widest. It is the representation of a nude male figure and is made of marble. However, the artists of both the statues are unknown. Although both of these statues are human representations , neither precisely depicts what the actual human figure looks …show more content…

The statue of Hateshepsut is in a pose adapted from earlier Egyptian statues. Her anatomy is similar to most other Egyptian statues because they used a set formula for proportions when carving the body. The Kouros resembles most other Kouros statues which are portrayed nude, freestanding and with one leg forward. The Kouros has large eyes wide open with an archaic smile characteristic of all Kouros statues. The anatomy of the two differ in the sense that in the Hatshepsut, there is more emphasis on the overall appearance of an idol figure rather than individual muscles. In contrast, The Marble Statue of Kouros has emphasis on muscular shapes of its arms and legs. There is an effort on the part of the Greeks to make the Kouros seem real and this is evident because of their continuous practice of making nude human statues throughout the archaic and classical period. There is a huge transition from representing what is unknown or idealized (Hatshepsut) to what is known and is real (Kouros) in a span of about 500 -1000 years. The artist of the Hatshepsut was probably trying to convey a sense of power and timelessness as seen in the frontal gaze and formal posture she inherits whereas the artist of the Kouros lay more emphasis on evolution and change in depiction of an almost precise human figure. The Egyptians were more afraid to break through