Some of the more hieratic sculptures leave the viewer curiously unmoved.
Origin of hieratic
- Latin hierāticus from Greek hierātikos from hierāteia priesthood from hierāsthai to be a priest from hiereus priest from hieros holy eis- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Use pertaining to the Egyptian writing system originates with the Greek phrase γράμματα ἱερατικά (grammata hieratika; literally "priestly writing"), which was first used by Saint Clement of Alexandria in the 2nd century AD, as at that time hieratic was used only for religious texts, as had been the case for the previous thousand years.