In painting and sculpture, when the concern for spiritual over material values results in a formalized, grand style for representing sacred or priestly figures. Can also be seen in the use of different scales for holy figures and those of the everyday world.
From Greek "sacred", the normal form of the script, mostly written on papyri or ostraca. The earliest hieratic documents date to the Fourth Dynasty, but the origins of hieratic are probably almost as early as the hieroglyph script itself. Hieratic signs lost the pictorial character of hieroglyphs and are often joined together.
an art style employed by the Egyptians to designate who and what was the most important in the art work. The most important person, i.e.. the Pharaoh,who was considered a god, was created as the largest person in the composition.
Hieratic is a writing system used in pharaonic Egypt that developed along side the hieroglyphic system,Goedicke 1988:viiâ€“viii. to which it is intimately related. It was primarily written in ink with a reed brush on papyrus, allowing scribes to write quickly without resorting to the time consuming Hieroglyphs. The word hieratic derives from the Greek phrase (grammata hieratika; literally "priestly writing"), which was first used by Saint Clement of Alexandria in the second century AD,Goedicke 1988:vii; Wente 2001:2006.