Egyptian Art. Eventually with the recession of the glacial ice caps and global warming, the climate of Europe and the Mediterranean allowed for the domestication of animals, development of agriculture, and establishment of fixed communities. By 3000 BC, Egyptians had already created a socially and economically stratified society along the banks of the Nile .


At the top of their social pyramid stood the King, or pharaoh. In examples of Egyptian art, such as the Burial Mask of Tutankhamun, c. 1325 BC, the pharaoh is represented as the Neoplatonic nude as he resided in an intermediary zone between the mortals and gods. As this is art in the service of politics, his body is always ageless (maybe, that of a twenty year-old), with long arms and legs, high waist, and complexion without wrinkles or any imperfections. Faces are always triangular in shape (an Egyptian ideal of beauty) with a wide horizontal hairline and cheekbones and jaw line leading to a narrow, pointed chin. Literally, every pharaoh, even the females, in Egyptian history displays these identical features - well, with the exception of one, Akhenaten. However, what about other members of that society who were not aristocratic in status?