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Finally, after 16 days of drawing I finished it!!!!!!
24 characters representing the social pyramid of ancient Egypt.
I was roughly influenced to do this huge project after I saw this picture out here
webspace.webring.com/people/en...

Anyway, I'll also post the parts of the pyramid so you can all see the details I drawn on everybody (that's why I was drawing it almost three weeks) :D
From the bottom to top:

Slaves- they were people from conquered countries, that's why these guy is paler than the others. Let's say he is from Palestina or Syria. They had no rights, they were treated as animals and they didn't actually had any contacts with commoners. They were working on the construction sites and in the tombs.

Farmers- the majority of the population. They were providing food to their nation so I think they are actually the pillars of the society.

Middle class- this class was consisted of traders (guy carrying urn and another selling the fish), servants (girl holding a plate. Make no mistake, servants were free Egyptians who decided to work for wealthier people, helping them and taking care about their needs), dancers (two girls dancing in the background), musicians (guy on the drumm and a girl with a guitar-alike-instrument) and soldiers (they could have been guardians of palaces and temples or members of the military).

Craftsmen- they were creating clothes, jewelry, furniture, statues, pottery. They were building temples and other monuments. There is a female weaver, female bread-maker (I think that she isn't a true craftsmen, but waseva! ^^), then there is a sculptor and in the end a potter guy.

Higher Middle class- priests, engineers (responsible for building monuments, palaces, temples and pyramides) and scribes were in this class.

High class- it consisted of nobles who were viziers or generals and High Priest of Amun and usually his wife who was also a High priestess (probably of Hathor- Mut- or Isis).

Pharaoh- this was the top of the social pyramide. God on the earth, Pharaoh, his queen and his family.

Hope you like it, I surely do considering the amount of time I gave in this piece. I'll upload the parts of the pyramid after I finish with this!

See ya!!! :D
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:iconreborn-taltos:
Reborn-Taltos Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
Awesome work! This is going to my faves! :D
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DC-Girl Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
Speachless. This is just plain amazing! i wouldnt be surprised if someone offered u a lot of money to use this in a magazine! Good job!
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coragus Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
I thought farmers worked on the construction sites during flood season? or is that just the pyramids?
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Sanio Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a thin line between two of them, I've read somewhere that farmers worked on pyramids and temples during the flood, but later on slaves were there to pull the stones and work in mines etc.
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coragus Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
hmmm what about those large labour villages with traders and markets and all sorts? were the slaves there just to haul things?
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Sanio Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
www.reshafim.org.il/ad/egypt/t…

Maybe this text will help you! :) I'm sorry, I'm sick and would love to have a conversation with you on that topic and give you my opinion and hear yours but I barely can watch. :)
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coragus Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
sorry for the late reply.
Read most of that page, very interesting, seems very similar to other forms of slavery all over europe really.
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Sanio Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I think there were some little differences between Greek/Roman slavery and Egyptian slavery! Romans and Greeks were more like strong male who rules the world! I think they treated their slaves as their property while the slaves in ancient Egypt was more like a helper to the lazy rich people! At least that's what I think of them! And I don't go by the Bible because in the book Jews were slaves who were treated harsh while we have evidences that plenty of Jews became someone in the society! :)
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coragus Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
yeah there will be differences, it sounds a lot like slaves in celtic tribes, just dedicated servants to the upper classes.
In rome and greece yes it seemed they favoured male slaves due to the use of them as labour.
yeah the bible is boggus with this.... I remember in prince of egypt they showed them all working on monuments, when we know that the egyptians had labour camps and treated the labourers and worked really well.
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Sanio Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly! Couldn't agree more with you! Everyone thinks that Egyptians treated slaves like in the awesome movie Prince of Egypt, but that was more of Greek/Roman style of slavery! Labourers in ancient Egypt were actually treated very well and they had their pay etc.! 
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Aztecatl13 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
awesome :D
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Blue-Mantis Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Waw, it's amazing! I love it!  
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Sanio Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thnx! :)
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Blue-Mantis Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are welcome! ^^
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LadyNanako Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Look At All That Naked.XD
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GrizzlyJoe19 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student Artist
Most of the Egyptian slaves of the new kingdom were arab asiatic invaders. 

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Sanio Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And people southern from Egypt! ;)
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HakatRe Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
WOW!! This has to be your finest work to date. Very accurately depicting the social hierarchy of the time. So much detail in your art. Just love it! ^_^
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Sanio Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It took my about 2 weeks to finish it so yeah, it is the longest drawing I've worked on! Thank you for your kind words! :)
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Derora-san Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excuse me, may I put this picture in my poster project??
If NOT,it's ok:)
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Sanio Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure, why not! :) I'm glad I'm helpful! ;)
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Derora-san Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou very much!!!
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Marty4110 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
THIS IS ONE EXTREMELY BEAUTIFUL - EVEN MAJESTIC - PIECE OF WORK!!! Who actually cares whether all the dancers were slaves, and would never have worn jewelry?  No two people will ever agree, so you have to follow your own artistic sensitivities and ultimately do as you please. THANK YOU FOR DEVOTING SO MUCH OF YOUR TIME TO THIS, and rest assured it will soon be accepted as gospel truth by whole generations of students  and admirers.
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Sanio Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope that my drawings will come in touch with as much students and admirers as it can! Thank you for the support and don't worry, I'll never stop with my egyptian drawings! ;)
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darthscreamnihl Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I thank that the dancers and musicians where actually slaves also. Just a higher ranked slave. I personally cannot see that everyone would be wearing jewels eather. :-) 
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Sanio Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well there are evidences that dancers and musicians weren't slaves, rather a free egyptians who worked as a dancer/musician! There were also prostitutes althought not in the way we think of that word. More as a woman who's job was to make her costumer happy! XD
And they did wear jewels althought not made of gold or of any stone, but rather of glass. They believed that their bracelets and necklaces are protecting them from evil! Even farmers wore them! ;)
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darthscreamnihl Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay!! Thanks because I have a ton of egypt books and they have always said that the dancers and musicians were slaves with no jewelry on. :/
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Sanio Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's odd cause I've read that all of them wore jewelery! And dancers in the New Kingdom weren't dancing in temples for the Gods anymore, they danced on banquets and for the pharaoh, so they had to be beautiful, and the jewelery, big black wigs (the bigger the wig the hotter the person was for the ancient egyptians), and make up was to make them more apealing! :)
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darthscreamnihl Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Odd. :-) 
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SydneyRocks Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i love how you brought the whole thing together:D
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Sanio Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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SydneyRocks Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i love the work you do on ancient khemet:)
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JamesRemarObsessive Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional Writer
I assume the octopi-like things on the upper classes are scented wax cones, like I've read about in some books?

It's interesting that you combined the nemes and pschent crowns on the pharaoh, with the Nekhbet and the two feathers crown; especially since (1) I didn't think the crowns were generally combined (except for the two feathers and the atef crowns) and (2) I didn't think women generally wore the two feathers crown, since gods were the ones depicted as wearing them.

But definitely interesting.
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JamesRemarObsessive Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional Writer
Correction: ...with the Nekhbet and the two feathers crown on the queen;
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Sanio Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are right about the wax cones, and for the crowns, well there are numerous wall depictions of pharaos with the combined crowns and the queens usually wore the feather crown over their vulture crown! Maybe that was an artistic freedom to draw ruler with combined crowns and maybe they didn't wear them in those combinations but as long as I see how they were drawn on the walls I'll try and draw it too! ;)
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Impressive!:)
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Sarkananight Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Super extra double deluxe amazing! :clap: :thumbsup:
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evil0verlady Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Educational *and* aesthetic! :heart:
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oceanoffire17 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Love it! Your artwork and attention to detail is amazing!
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LaRoseVerte Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Your work is gorgeous!
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hellenielsen82 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
You should make this as a poster, with little notes on the side.. Would be cool to have it on my wall :D :D :D
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Shmelanna Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student
this is fantastic.. amazing work :D
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WinterCabin Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013   General Artist
This is amazing! :wow: I've always wanted to do something like this, but you've
pulled it off way better than I could!
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LiciaLestrange Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
kuuuuuuul
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Sanio Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fala!!! :D
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