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Ancient Egyptian Art and Artifacts

Ancient Egyptian Art includes any sculpture, architecture, paintings, ceramics, drawings on papyrus, faience, jewellery, ivories, burial artefacts or objects produced by the civilisation of ancient Egypt. Ancient Egyptian art reached a high level of expression which was uniquely stylized and symbolic and which changed remarkably little over its three thousand years of history which spanned about 3000 BC to 30 AD. Much of the surviving art comes from tombs, temples and monuments. It displays a vivid representation of the ancient Egyptian’s social status and belief systems.

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Egyptian Proverbs

Egyptian Proverbs were a significant part of the ancient religion of Egypt  Proverbs were held as a teaching method for a man to understand the world, thus they were inscribed in temples and tombs of Egypt. Some of the following proverbs were found in the Temples of Luxor.

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“The best and shortest road towards knowledge of truth is Nature.”

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“Every man must act in the rhythm of his time… such is wisdom.”

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” If his heart rules him, his conscience will soon take the place of the rod.”

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” What you are doing does not matter so much as what you are learning from doing it. ? It is better not to know and to know that one does not know than presumptuously to attribute some random meaning to symbols.”

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“Always watch and follow nature.”

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“If you search for the laws of harmony, you will find knowledge.”

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” A house has the character of the man who lives in it.”

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“Men need images. Lacking them they invent idols. Better then to found the images on realities that lead the true seeker to the source.”
“Judge by cause, not by effect.”

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“Growth in consciousness doesn’t depend on the will of the intellect or its possibilities but on the intensity of the inner urge.”

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“Have the wisdom to abandon the values of a time that has passed and pick out the constituents of the future. An environment must be suited to the age and men to their environment.”

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“Everyone finds himself in the world where he belongs. The essential thing is to have a fixed point from which to check its reality now and then.”

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“Routine and prejudice distort vision. Each man thinks his own horizon is the limit of the world.”

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“Exuberance is a good stimulus towards action, but the inner light grows in silence and concentration.”

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“The body is the house of God. That is why it is said, ‘Man know yourself.'”

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“A pupil may show you by his own efforts how much he deserves to learn from you.”

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“All organs work together in the functioning of the whole.”

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“You will free yourself when you learn to be neutral and follow the instructions of your heart without letting things perturb you.”

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“For every joy, there is a price to be paid.”

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“Not the greatest Master can go even one step for his disciple; in himself, he must experience each stage of developing consciousness. Therefore he will know nothing for which he is not ripe.”

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Reflections

  • Why did Ancient Egyptian Art with its uniquely styled and symbolic expression change so little over 3,000 years?

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“Each truth you learn will be, for you, as new as if it had never been written.”
– Egyptian Proverb

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