I am doing my research on the Egyptian mummies and burial process. These ancient artifacts that I have discovered resemble a very interesting process that took place once one had passed away. The ancient Egyptians believe that the human body was very important for the afterlife and that is why it is believed that these people have been mummified and preserved. The Egyptians believed that the afterlife consisted of the person going another life where the possessions that they had in this life would be used in the next life and that is why they were buried with their most prized possessions. The process of mummification is to embalm and wrap the body in order to preserve and prepare it for burial. The coffin of the ancient Egyptians was very important because it resembled a second body of the deceased. “As with portraits, coffin styles and decorations changed over time. The earliest were made of wood and were basically rectangular boxes. This type of coffin remained common through the Middle Kingdom, though it was then that the anthropoid-shaped coffins first appeared as an inner container for the body placed within the rectangular outer coffin” (touregypt.net) Just as the coffin shapes changed over time and evolved the art on the outsides of the coffins evolved as well. It is said that the eyes on the outside of the coffins are placed there so that the deceased can still see. “In addition to these styles, there is also a type of coffin from this period called the "court style", which was reserved primarily for members of the royal family. Court coffins were adorned with bands of hieroglyphs in a very simple style. On some coffins, the corners and bands of the hieroglyphs are embellished with gold leaf” (touregypt.net). Looking through the collection of images I have chosen for this project there is a striking similarity among the different coffins even though there are major time gaps between when they were constructed. This leads me to believe that these rituals were very important to the Egyptian culture and that the artwork on the outside of the coffins played a major part in the burial process. This whole process that the ancient Egyptians took to make sure that their loved ones were buried and prepared for the afterlife is so fascinating. By looking through the images I have selected you can see the time and care that went into each person and the important role that these individuals played in the lives of the people around them. We can get a glimpse into the lives of those that lived so long ago by just studying the art work that has been carefully and thoughtfully created on the outside of these mummies. It is an amazing thing to think about because if it weren’t for the creativeness that God provided these individuals and the tools He blessed them with then we would have a hard time understanding that period of time, but it is because of Him that we are given the chance to take a peak into that period of time.
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