Art for the Dead
ANUBIS CONCLUDING MUMMIFICATION OF DEAD MAN Ancient Egyptian art can be referred to as "art for the dead" because all art work was completed for the ka, the soul after death. The art was made to be everlasting to provide a permanent home for the ka ensuring a long, comfortable afterlife. The ka required provisions for an afterlife, mummification of the corpse, image in the round and funerary paintings. Tomb paintings or the murals on the walls would link the ka to everyday life showing him as a dignified protector of the people who was in turn protected by the god Horus. In all the images the Pharaoh was shown as separate, higher up on the picture plane, and more dignified then the other people in the murals. [MH] {NR}

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