Ancient Egyptian Craftsmen

Ancient Egyptian Craftsmen

Ancient Egyptian Craftsmen

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The ancient Egyptians were true original artisans, who were expert craftsmen, totally aware of their incredible skill and amazing capabilities.

The ancient Egyptian craftsmen were responsible for the creation of some of the most enchanting pieces of art which showcased the brilliance and allure of the ancient Egyptian civilization in infinite generations.

These artists were considered to be more socially superior to common laborers thanks to their incredible gifts.

Ancient Egyptian Craftsmen Materials

The ancient Egyptian craftsmen have existed in Egypt since prehistoric times which the main materials used were stones, clay, wood, fibers, ivory, animal skins, bones, and feathers.

Later on during the history of ancient Egypt metal was introduced in the crafting process, gold was found in its metallic state, silver was used as an adjunct of gold and ore was used after being smelted, they also used copper, tin, and iron.

Social Value of Ancient Egyptian Craftsmen

Most of the artifacts made by the craftsmen were out of reach for the vast majority of the population.

Their clients were mostly from the nobility or the wealthy middle class who can actually afford their services and their high-quality products.

The economy and trade of ancient Egypt also played a role in the flourishing of the craftsmen.

The social class made all the difference when it came to the quality of the certain products as the furniture of the rich was beautifully carved while the ones of the middle class were less well-off made do with often crudely painted chairs and chests while the poor had to excess to these materials.

Facts About Ancient Egyptian Craftsmen

The Egyptian craftsmen or artisans were organized by a system based on hierarchies as most of them were employed by pharaohs, the centralized government or the temple priests.

They learned their craft and art from their former masters who ensured stylistic continuity of their legacy of beautiful art objects created for the world of the living or the dead and by upholding the principles of Ma’at of balance.

These masters could have learned from one’s parents or neighbors or close relatives. They labored in a very organized workshop and special communities as shown by the builders of Dier el-Medina.

They were honored and their abilities during their time but they remained anonymous.

Ancient Egypt was blessed with highly sophisticated craftsmen varying from carpenters, stonemasons, sculptors, builders, weavers, blacksmiths, spinners, dressmakers, glass-blowers, potters, foundry workers, and scribes.

Most craftsmen worked as paid workers for temples, or royal institutions as not everyone could have set himself up to be an independent tradesman.

Tools and Products

The carpenters created a wide range of products from roofing beams to wooden statues to furniture, their tools included saws, axes, chisels, bow drills, wooden mallets, chisels, adzes, and the wood was imported all the way from Lebanon.

The sculptors shaped and smoothed the stone according to their designs with stone hammers, copper chisels.

Many majestic and immortal colossal or life-size statues and stone vessels were created.

Brickmakers and potters used the mud of the Nile River banks to make whatever the ancient Egyptian civilization needed.

The bricks were made by mixing the Nile mud with sand then slapped into wooden molds then dried in the sun.

Potters produced many utilitarian vessels using potter’s wheel, the pots were covered with reddish slop or were decorated with a comb or stylus then it was fired in kilns.

The bead makers were also very creative while creating jewelry, as they broke stones together then roll them between other stones to shape them and make then abrasive, then a bow drill was used to make a hole in the beads and then rolled in an attached receptacle.

Egypt has always been known to reflect the immortal ancient beauty better than anyone and there is no better experience than boarding a Nile cruise on the life force and inspiration of the ancient Egyptian civilization through our Egypt tour packages to enjoy such a beauty.


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General Tips:

The currency of Egypt is the Egyptian pound.

Friday and Saturday are the official holidays in Egypt.

Keep a tour Guide by your side to fully enjoy your time in Egypt.

Try “Ful & Ta’meya (Fava Beans and Falafel)”, and “Koshary”.

Buy a local SIM card so you can call anyone you want.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

The entire country of Egypt deserve to be seen with its every heavenly detail but there are places that must be seen such as the breathtaking Hurghada's red sea, The wonders of Cairo the pyramids of Giza, the great sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, Khan El Khalili, the wonders of Luxor like Valley of the Kings, Karnak and Hatshepsut temple and the wonders of Aswan like Abu Simbel temples, Philea temple, Unfinished obelisk and The Wonders of Alexandria like Qaitbat Citadel, Pompey's Pillar and Alexandria Library. Read More About the Best Places to Visit in Egypt

If you want to apply for a Visa On Arrival that lasts for 30 days then you should be one of the eligible countries, have a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining and pay 25$ USD in cash, as for the E-Visa for 30 day you should have a valid passport for at least 8 months, complete the online application, pay the e-visa fee then print the e-visa to later be presented to the airport border guard. You could also be one of the lucky ones who can obtain a free visa for 90 days. Read More About Egypt Travel Visa.

Egypt has a variety of delicious cuisines but we recommend “Ful & Ta’meya (Fava Beans and Falafel)”, Mulukhiya, “Koshary”, a traditional Egyptian pasta dish, and Kebab & Kofta, the Egyptian traditional meat dish.

The best time to travel to Egypt is during the winter from September to April as the climate becomes a bit tropical accompanied by a magical atmosphere of warm weather with a winter breeze. You will be notified in the week of your trip if the weather is unsafe and if any changes have been made.

You should pack everything you could ever need and but in a small bag so you could move easily between your destinations.

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You will feel safe in Egypt as the current atmosphere of the country is quite peaceful after the government took powerful measures like restructuring the entire tourist police to include all the important and tourist attractions in Egypt. Read More

Wear whatever feels right and comfortable. It is advised to wear something light, sunblock during your time in Egypt in the summer and wear comfortable footwear like a closed-toe shoe to sustain the terrain of Egypt.

The best activity is by far boarding a Nile Cruise between Luxor and Aswan or Vise Versa. Witness the beauty of Egypt from a hot balloon or a plane and try all the delicious Egyptian cuisines and drinks plus shopping in old Cairo. Explore the allure and wonders of the red sea in the magical city resorts of Egypt like Hurghada and many more by diving and snorkeling in the marine life or Hurghada. Behold the mesmerizing western desert by a safari trip under the heavenly Egyptian skies.

There are a lot of public holidays in Egypt too many to count either religious or nation, the most important festivals are the holy month of Ramadan which ends with Eid Al Fitr, Christmas and new years eve. Read More

Egypt is considered to be one of the most liberal Islamic countries but it has become a little bit conservative in the last couple of decades so it is advised to avoid showing your chest, shoulders or legs below the knees.

Arabic is the official language and Most Egyptians, who live in the cities, speak or understand English or at least some English words or phrases. Fewer Egyptians can speak French, Italian, Spanish, and German. Professional tour guides, who work in the tourism sector, are equipped to handle visitors who cannot speak Arabic and they will speak enough English and other languages to fulfill the needs of all our clients.

The fastest way is a car, of course, a taxi. If you are in Cairo ride a white taxi to move faster or you could board the fastest way of transportation in Egypt metro if the roads are in rush hour.

The temperature in Egypt ranges from 37c to 14 c. Summer in Egypt is somehow hot and winter is cool and mild but sometimes it becomes cold at night. The average of low temperatures vary from 9.5 °C in the wintertime to 23 °C in the summertime and average high temperatures vary from 17 °C in the wintertime to 32 °C in the summertime. The temperature is moderate all along the coasts.

It is the home of everything a traveler might be looking for from amazing historical sites dating to more than 4000 years to enchanting city resorts & beaches. You will live the vacation you deserve as Egypt has everything you could possibly imagine.

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