Hieroglyphs are above all known as being a sacred writing.
The entities or the objects which are represented by hieroglyphs, to the pictorial sense of the term, establish a connection with the art.
When we examine them, we realize very quickly the artistic appeal which they loosen.
This appeal can be likened to an art stylized according to differents periods of history of Ancient Egypt.
The Ancient Egyptians wished very quickly "organize" these styles - we can almost look of "convention" artistic1.
To study this "convention" can be really interesting : by studying certain aspects, certain details of this one, we can arrest artistic "trends".
How for example to differentiate a mastaba of the Old Kingdom of another mastaba of the Old Kingdom2 ?
By using certain "criteria" (or "trends") stemming from the concerned "convention", we can have a idea to the historic period which would be connected best with the concerned monument.
This art (or fine art) finds itself registered from the beginning on stone monuments - at the same time on the high and the bas relief, most of the cases of the painted form.
This "convention" shows itself both on the stone and on any media susceptible to receive hieroglyphs.
Very quickly, we shall find this applied art on : metal, wood, papyrus.
This art is gradually going "to popularize" - of the royal space (with mainly huge stone monuments), we are going to attend a "sliding" towards the space of the private individuals (private individuals certainly rather fortunate).
We are so going to find this art on objects as for example statues of human size, stelae, dishes, sarcophaguses.
The sacred and pictorial power of hieroglyphs had to be accessible to the largest number.
The artistic integration of hieroglyphs was almost obvious at the time of Ancient Egyptians - nowadays we still feel the brightness and the power which emanates from it.
1 There is not only a single "convention" - we discern through the available artistic corpuses, a set of "conventions".
2 For more informations, please consult the very interesting study "Mastabas et Hypogées d'Ancien Empire" of Nadine CHERPION.
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