I titled my art gallery Ad Infinitum, because many of the ancient artworks, sculptures, and architecture revolved around death and the afterlife. Do our souls, the essence of us, continue to live on?
I chose this work on papyrus leaf because The Egyptian Book of the Dead is an ancient Egyptian book of spells used to assist the deceased in crossing over to the afterlife. This is a scene of offering. I enjoyed the flow of the work and the use of the brown, white, and tan colorings as they were a perfect match for the medium.
The beast-faced celadon tomb guardian was chosen because they protected the tombs of the dead. They usually were used in pairs. One with the face of a man, the other with the face of a beast. What drew me to this was the way the artist captured the ferocity of the beast, yet there is a loyalty and a steadfastness in its departure.
An Egyptian Funerary Chapel. This was chosen because in ancient Egypt the grandiose temples and structures were reserved for kings, queens, and pharaohs. But what of the common folk? Funerary Chapel's are where many common people were laid to rest.
Funerary masks were used in many ancient cultures during burial rituals. They were used to build up the identity of the deceased as they crossed over to the afterlife. This particular mask is of Peru origin and represents the hero Apace.
An ancient Chinese mural and tomb banner. It depicts Fu xi and Nuwa, Fu Xi was believed to be the first of The Three Sovereigns snd Nuwa the creator of life. They both are believed to represent the Yin and the Yang.
The Sarcophagus and mummy of a Theban Priest was chosen because of the importance of mummification and the preservation of the deceased for the afterlife. The visual elements of the figures drawn inside of the sarcophagus draws the eye inside.
The Funerary Breast Plates and Funerary Eye Covering were made of gold. These were chosen because of their exquisiteness and patterning. I can only guess that these were used to show royalty or the importance of the deceased.
This funeral urn was chosen because of the relief work depicting Eros and a winged Aphrodites. The two representing the joys of the afterlife.
The Sarcophagus Depicting a Battle between Soldiers was chosen because many souls were taken to the afterlife because of wars and battles. The depth, detail, and intensity of the relief work on this sarcophagus may incline one to believe that a valiant soldier was laid to rest in there.
Cartonnage Mummy Covering was chosen because it is another funerary object used in burials. This mummy covering only adorns the upper body of the deceased and is decorated with a variety of Egyptian symbols. Such as the Four Sons of Horus and the scarab beetle which symbolizes rebirth.
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