Essay on Legion of Honor

1667 Words Apr 28th, 2013 7 Pages
Throughout different time periods and civilizations come many different types of art that would never be comparable to those of another time or place. There are also the pieces that come from a completely different time and place, but yet they can still be compared to one another. The Torso of a God (Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, last decade of the reign of Amenhotep III, Granodiorite, 1359-1349 B.C.) and the Statue of Asklepios (Greek, Hellenistic period, Pentelic Marble, 2nd century B.C.) are two sculptures made hundreds of years apart, yet they both display many similarities and show how art is constantly changing whilst keeping the same core ideas. The Torso of a God is a sculpture located at the Legion of Honor museum in San …show more content…
The Torso of a God has multiple identifying factors that allow one to see that it is clearly Egyptian. The accessories, clothing, and the black color of this piece it can be determined that it is Egyptian. And although it is clearly Egyptian, the head is missing from the piece, which makes it impossible to determine who it represents. This piece was made to honor an Egyptian Pharaoh, but because the head is no longer present and there is no inscription, there is no way to identify what pharaoh it represents. The figure’s pose shows that this was not only an important figure at the time, but also a strong man due to the definition of muscles seen in the torso. The title of this piece is Torso of a God, but because of the headdress, cane, and jewelry it can be assumed that it is instead a Pharaoh and not a god. And although I know a decent amount of information about Egyptian history, there is nothing that can be done to learn more about the piece because of the fact that there are no identifying pieces of information as to who this may be. On the other hand, the Statue of Asklepios is a piece that can actually be identified. This piece is a statue of the Greek God Asklepios who was the god of medicine and healing and any information on him can be found in textbooks as well as the Internet. There are no symbols used in this piece other than the drapery worn by the figure, which just gives a general sense that this piece

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