Egyptomania 4: Animals
Before the rise of civilization, prehistoric people painted images of horses and bison on cave walls, beginning a tradition of animal-inspired art that continues to the present day. The artists of ancient Egypt drew inspiration from their natural world as well, rendering animal images in clay, wood, papyrus and stone. Ancient Egyptians also saw the traits and abilities of the animals as metaphors for spiritual ideas. Animals were invested with god-like powers and Egyptian gods were often depicted with animal attributes.