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Ancient Civilization Art as Modern Day Decor

Art evolves and changes over time and follows different paths in different places and cultures. However, because art is timeless, it also endures. Although the pictographs seen on the walls of caves in central France were made thousands of years ago, we still admire the form and grace of those ancient pictures. Like a view into the distant past, we can imagine the artist mixing minerals and crushed rock to make the paints. We can picture the artist carefully drawing images of extinct bison, Cave Bears, and sacred symbols with a stick or his or her fingers.

Viewing the work (or pictures of it) can act as a mental bridge going far back in time. It helps connect us with another era very different from this one even if the artist passed away more than 15,000 years ago. Other types of ancient art can have a similar affect. We view the symbols and works of ancient Sumeria and we wonder how those people lived. What clothes did they wear? What foods did they enjoy? What games did their children play? Did they appreciate the beauty of a night sky unhindered by urban glare? Could they have imagined watching television or listening to the radio? They probably couldn’t have imagined anything like a mobile phone or tablet but a lot of their basic needs and concerns would have been the same as those of people in present times.

In common with us, people who lived thousands of years ago in places like Sumeria, Egypt, Asia Minor, and China also decorated their homes. Although decor for most working class folks would have been limited to small items, the statues, wall decor, and art found in the abodes of royalty and rich families were stunning and often extravagant. We know this because we can still admire and study many such items in various museums. However, thanks to advances in resin technology and a cadre of dedicated artists, we can also enjoy similar, high quality replicas of ancient decor in modern homes and places of business.

Using such decor can lend a seriously classy look to any home. This pair of suggestions can help anyone leverage the exquisite beauty of ancient-themed art for every situation:

Make use of wall decor: This is an easy, excellent way to showcase decor and is one of the reasons why paintings have acted as popular decor for centuries. Although paintings in ancient cultures were typically done directly on a wall, we can still enjoy framed wall decor art that showcases the symbolism and artistic styles of ancient Sumerian and Egyptian cultures. For example, decor such as the Royal Cartouche Sculptural Frieze and the stunning “The Egyptian Pharaoh and His Maidens” Wall Sculpture show the colors, details, and texture typical of art that graced the halls of the pharaohs. The same can be said about the powerful beauty of the ©”Persian Griffin” Wall Sculpture.

Statues: These can take the form of large, majestic sculptures of Egyptian deities such as the Egyptian Grand Ruler Collection: Life-Size Anubis Statue, or a variety of smaller statues that showcase the beautiful art of ancient Egypt, China, or Greece. A big sculpture is a good choice for making a statement, acting as a centerpiece for a collection of art and Egyptian decor, or calling attention to a place of business.

Small statues like the exquisite Egyptian Cat Goddess Bastet Sculptures and the “Isis, Egyptian Goddess of Beauty” Statue lend a quick touch of detailed ancient beauty to a hallway, desk, living room, or other spaces in homes and places of business.

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Tips for Decorating with Sculptural Furniture

It’s January and it’s the dead of winter. In many states and provinces, the backyard has become a frozen, snow-covered place where we used to enjoy the pool, host garden parties, and just relax with a good book on a favorite piece of garden furniture. At this time of year, our favorite angel statues are safely stored in the garage, and it’s too cold to hang out in the garden. A lot of us end up spending more time indoors but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing because being inside gives us a chance to spend more time with family and friends, have fun with new board games, and host cooking parties.

Although we can’t go outside and see how new garden statues will look in the backyard, when it comes to decor, we can still be constructive and focus on sprucing up the inside of the home. It’s a good opportunity to try new decorating ideas and different types of decor, including sculptural furniture. By blending function with art, this type of furniture lends a creative, artistic touch wherever it is used, and is an easy way to inject a bit of excitement and elegance into the most average of rooms. The following are a few suggestions when decorating with beautiful sculptural tables and chairs:

Exquisite and stunning additions: Many sculptural furniture items are detailed, beautiful works of art. This makes them an easy means of lending an exquisite touch to the living room, dining room, library, or other parts of the home. One such example is The Muses Glass-Topped Sculptural Table. When guests see this classic work of art, they may wonder if it is an elegant indoor sculpture, or a small table. As with any piece of sculptural furniture, it’s actually both and thus acts as functional decor. The same goes for any number of other sculptural tables, including more colorful, splendid pieces like the Royal Golden Bastet Egyptian Side Table.

Go Gothic: This type of furniture tends to be either tables and chairs suited for folks who love statues of Ravens and other classic Gothic symbols, or items of a more medieval character. Either way, we can make use of these decor themes to give the home an intriguing, classic look. Fantastic Gothic decor like the Hastings, the Warrior Dragon Glass-Topped Sculptural Table acts as treasured art for anyone with a deep interest in the fantasy genre. The fine details on Hastings give this dragon knight a life-like appearance and make an impression on every guest. The Gothic flavor of this creative table is augmented when it can share a room with the Warwickshire Dragon Glass-Topped Coffee Table, and other Gothic or medieval furniture.

An easy way to decorate a hallway: It’s easy to overlook the decoration of a hallway when we have other, more visited rooms to think about. However, we also need to remember that although we may not linger as often in a hallway, everyone needs to walk through them to reach other parts of the house. The decor that we show in such places does leave an impression, and influences the overall atmosphere of the home. Fortunately, the limited space in a hallway also makes it an easy place to decorate. By decorating with sculptural furniture, we can impress guests and lend an extra, creative touch that will be appreciated. This can be accomplished with just about any high quality sculptural furniture item that can fit in a hallway without obstructing the passage of people. Since a hallway also stands apart from other rooms, it can also feature decor not associated with themes in other rooms.

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