Relief Panel of Hesy-ra
Date ca. 2660 BCE
Movement Egyptian | Old Kingdom | 3rd Dynasty
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.