Relief Panel of Hesy-ra

Relief Panel of Hesy-ra

Date ca. 2660 BCE

Movement Egyptian | Old Kingdom | 3rd Dynasty

Medium Wood

Dimensions height 45”

Provenance Saqqara, Egypt

Housed at Egyptian Museum, Cairo


Though artists were able to insinuate motion by putting one foot in front of the other, these non- naturalistic poses ultimately look rigid and static. While these images tend do not look naturalist, they nonetheless attempt to capture as many characteristics as possible–a torso and eye in the frontal view, with head, legs and feet in the profile, help to depict as many defining features of the figure as possible.


A standard (as the one seen here) was ultimately created for depicting the human form in works of art. Though parts of the standard, or canon, changed throughout time, the relationship between body parts remained the same.