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The Royal Portrait, Portrait Par Excellence?

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The chapter goes on giving the details for the proportions of the Hamsa type, which is applicable for kings and gods and is the model for the other types. In the appendix to this chapter, there is the whole list of panels with their tentative interpretation. This study is so complete that it is best to refer to it. It is looked as preliminary reflections leading, hopefully, to more specific analyses. The point here is to propose a short synthesis on the royal portrait, since its importance is already evident throughout the previous chapters. To sum up, this importance is twofold: on the one hand, portraits of kings appear to have been the model for many other images, including possibly divine images; on the other hand, because of the peculiar nature of the portrayed person, these portraits can reveal a lot on the semantic function of images.

Keywords: divine images; gods; Hamsa type; kings; royal portrait



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