Egyptian Paintings: Blending of two viewpoints

Egyptian wall paintings provide an extraordinary vivid picture of life as it was lived in Egypt thousands of years ago. They did not sketch nature as it appeared. They drew from memory and according to strict rules of Pharaohs, who dictated the elements that had to go into the picture. For this they often resorted to combining two viewpoints in a composition, for example in the painting "The Garden of Nebamun" which they shows a garden and pond.

The shape and character of the trees from the sides, the shape of pond drawn as if seen from the above. The fish and birds in the pond on the other hand are drawn as if seen from the side.

The painting was done around 1400 BC. It is surprising to know that the Egyptians had framed codes of painting techniques and color of painting at such an early period :)