Ka and Ka-Aper Essay

705 Words Jun 5th, 2006 3 Pages
The Ka statue of Ka-Aper comes from the deceased's brick mastaba at Saqqara,
Egypt some time between 2450-2350 BCE. The Koursos statue of Kroisos was created many years later, some time around 530 BCE, as a grave marker for the deceased hero in Anavysos, Greece which is not far from Athens. The two statues contrast drastically; however still manage to share subtle yet significant characteristics. Ka-Aper stands at an unimpressive 3'7", while Kroisos was created to a life like size of 6'4". Though the two differ greatly in height, they both were composed in the same freestanding Egyptian stance. Their left legs both extend forward as if in motion; however their stiff hips make the movement very unrealistic. The
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The artist did all of this on purpose of course, because he was creating a specific portrait of Ka-Aper. The artist of Kroisos was much less concerned with realism and thus created a very ideal and toned figure. The statue portrays a man that was no more specific than the rest of the Kouros figures created.
Kroisos also is expressed in a youthful state, while Ka-Aper seems to be much older possibly in his 40's or 50's. Perhaps at one time he wore a wig, however now his baldness gives even more evidence of his old age. In contrast Kroisos exhibits full, stylized, and youthful locks of hair that extend past his shoulders. Probably the most obvious difference between the two is that Ka-Aper sports a loin cloth, while Kroisos stands completely nude. Less noticeably but just as importantly, the two statues differ in their expressions. Kroisos is marked with the standard archaic smile of time, which was meant to express the life in the sculpture. However in this case it only adds to the cookie cutter effect of the Kouros figure. His blank stare and none descript expression give even more evidence that this statue was not developed with the individual in mind at all. Ka-Aper on the other hand immediately expresses vitality with his piercing eyes of rock crystal. His firm stare, accentuated with the standard
Egyptian make up of the time, gives the impression not only of his serious

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