There was much more to these statues than just the elements of materials and pose. These statues brought out other reactions to a contemporary viewer. We cannot help but belief that the resonance of power, immutability, and also the threat which was brought out by these works would have been even greater in the ruler who represented the work.
However, because of their beauty and unique art, it is very easily for a modern eye to misinterpret these works as decorative. This is because the modern eye celebrates the individual. However, these statues were actually primarily agents of spiritual power and hierarchical social control.
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