Ancient empires: egypt and china (chapter 3, w2) Composite pose: head and legs in profile view, and eye and upper torso in frontal view. The central figure is the king biggest and most important figure (hierarchical proportions) (convention of egyptian art) Conceptual, rather than naturalistic, because the body parts are arranged as they are understood, not seen (optical) Pyramids were not stand alone structures; they were built around other structures. Human headed creature with a lions" body. Egyptian artists followed conventions for sculptures both in the round and in relief. The more important the person, the more the conventions were followed. Conventional representation of a seated pharaoh (egyptian monuments are generally representations of someone) Idea of naturalism and idealism exists in egyptian sculpture. Pose and expression of the queen indicates that she is supporting him. Queen: more naturalistic pose, so she is less important than the king.