Artisans

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  • Hi my Name is George. All artisans here each have their own job. I'm a stone carver, that's the most important job. We produce  the  statues, engravings, and reliefs found in Egyptian temples, tombs, and monuments.
  • As women we have to weave fabric and bead clothing.
  • We also have to make perfume.
  •  As Stone Carvers we often worked with hard rock, such as granite. We use dolerite, another type of hard rock, to pound out an initial shape. We carve in details, using stone tools and copper chisels. Then, we use quartz sand to smooth and polish the objects.
  • Our homes are rectangular and barely ten yards long. We have three rooms in the whole house and the first one is a workroom for housing animals. The second room is the living room. The last room is a kitchen and bedroom combined. The roof is another place to work and sleep.
  • We come after the scribes on the social pyramid. As Egypt's artisans are highly skilled workers that create the most beautiful art work in the Ancient World. 
  •  Yet, unlike the Scribes, we don't get the respect we deserve. Only the select few who become master craftsman are sometimes honored for their work.
  •  We artisans typically work side by side in big workshops. We also work ten days in a row before taking time off. We depend on the employers for food. Sometimes when food is in short supply, we often go starving.
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