1. Visual Thinking Strategy:
- What do you see in the artworks?
- What do you see that makes you say so?
- What else do you notice?
2. This artwork is over 3000 years old. Just by looking at this artwork, which ancient culture do you think it is from?
3. Let’s take a closer look at the man on the left.
- What are some of the things you noticed about this man?
- How would you describe his outfit, hair, pose, and facial expression?
- What do these details suggest about him?
- This man is actually an Ancient Egyptian god. He is Kheperi, the god of the rising sun.
4. Can you try to make the pose he is making? This is a very typical pose in Egyptian art.
5. There’s something important on the man’s head, but only parts of it are visible. What do you think it is?
It’s a scarab beetle, also known as the dung beetle!
The Egyptians called the dung beetle “kheper,” and it became a symbol for Kheperi, the god of the rising sun.
They believed that the god Kheperi rolled the sun across the sky. They thought the beetle rolling a ball of dung looked like the god Kheperi rolling the sun.