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Ancient Egyptian Artisans

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Ancient Egyptian Artisans
An artisan is someone in a skilled trade who makes things by hand. Artisans are middle class and are right above peasants and below scribes on the social pyramid. Even though artisans are highly skilled and create beautiful objects, they got little respect.

Some artisans got called by pharaohs to work on royal projects, such as: shrines, temples, statues, or monuments.
The most important and skilled artisans were the stone carvers. They made statues, reliefs, and engravings found in temples, tombs, and monuments in Egypt.
Artisans are highly skilled workers who created some of the most beautiful objects in Ancient Egypt. Some types of artisans are: carpenters, jewelers, leather workers, metalworkers, painters, potters, sculptors, wig makers, glass blowers, gold workers and weavers. Most Artisans were men , but some women wove fabric, beaded clothing, and made perfume.
Some simple tools artisans used were:flint drills, wooden mallets, and bronze saws
Artisans lived in 10 yard long, rectangular houses. The houses were usually made of three rooms stretched from front to back. The first room was the workroom, the next room was the living room, and the last room was a kitchen/bedroom. Artisans ate figs, dates, bread, butter,lentils, and honey that was all washed down with fresh milk. Artisans also walked to work and attended meetings with other craftsmen during the afternoon.
Types of Artisans
By Catherine Le, Emily Abbott, and John Walsh
Fun Facts:
Their house was usually their workshop and sometimes they could work for 10 days straight.
Stone carvers made stone statues that were used for tombs to honor the dead.
Sometimes if an artist does a good job they can sign their work.
Being an artisan was a tough job, if you made a mistake you couldn't repair it.
The stone carvers polished their stone using quartz sand.

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