Offering Bearer to Tjeti
An examination of this famous Ancient Egyptian artpiece.
This paper briefly discusses how studying Egyptian art proves the need for more use of all the senses in art. It uses the famous picture of the offering bearing to the court official Tjeti. The writer looks at all aspects of the picture to assist in enhancing the reader’s senses.
Egyptian art and language are intimately and intricately linked. Egyptian writing is very pictorial – all the alphabets are really pictures. Each letter is a representation of a sound, like in English. But unlike English, the very shape of a letter or word has meaning. In English, the word love, for example, can have meaning only in the auditory medium. It’s only when it is read and heard that it has meaning. The shape of love itself has no meaning. Nor do the shapes of any English alphabet. So, Egyptian alphabets are symbols of both sound and sight. This interplay between the auditory and the visual can make very interesting effects such as multilayered puns with multiple meanings (1).