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Political Caricature and Satire among Egyptian Royalties and Foreigners in the Egyptian Art

Ezzat, Azza


Ancient Egyptians’ drawings were very accurate, and at the same time spirited. Their caricatures were as excellent as their serious drawings, some of which deal with the foreigners and enemies who were subject to satire or irony, or deals with caricaturing kings and queens. This great history had preserved numerous images and illustrations as well that reflect the humorous situations of the ancient Egyptians and their love to caricature, whether they represent their political, economic or social conditions. Ancient Egyptians depended on sarcasm and irony, in order to criticize and mock the social and political situations in their society. What these images could have meant to the ancient Egyptians is a comparative matter of discussion. This paper will differentiate between the definitions of «caricature» and «satire» to give a better understanding for the satirical intent of the artists. It will also raise other questions as: do these drawings are indeed satirical used for Egyptian royalties and foreigners in the Egyptian art? This will be presented through two main perspectives: political caricature and satire among kings and queens; and among foreigners and captives.


Ezzat, A. 2020. «Political Caricature and Satire among Egyptian Royalties and Foreigners in the Egyptian Art», JHIE 3: 33–46



Language: en

Submitted on 2019-01-06; accepted on 2020-11-11


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