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Art in Egypt under Roman rule: traditional Egyptian art

In the Roman Period traditional Egyptian art was only produced for monuments strongly connected with religion. Foremost of these are the Egyptian temples, decorated with reliefs in Egyptian style and inscribed in hieroglyphs. Egyptian art was also still important in the funerary domain. In the first century AD stelae were still being produced with Egyptian style relief. Mummy masks and cases are often essentially in the tradition of ancient Egyptian art, but many show a mixture of Egyptian and classical Greek and Roman elements.

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relief block found at Koptos
stela in mixed style
Egyptian style stelae
Painted tomb, datable to the second century AD.



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