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