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The Contents Of The Tomb And What They Suggest About Life In Ancient Egypt At The Time Of Tutankamun

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The Contents of the Tomb and What They Suggest About Life in Ancient Egypt at the Time of Tutankamun

Archaeological evidence from the tomb of Tutankhamun provides
substantial information about life Kingdom Egypt in the eighteenth
dynasty. From the archaeological evidence gained from the tombs
conclusions can be drawn about religion and the afterlife, the
everyday life of ancient Egyptians, of Government during the five
hundred year period, and of the arts and sciences of the time. The
tomb paintings reveal the nature of the Egyptian belief concerning the
afterlife, and objects such as the golden burial mask, the miniature
effigy of the king, the canopic shrine and miscellaneous pieces of
furniture reveals the depth of their belief in the afterlife. The
harpooner and the golden burial mask provides information about the
role of Pharaoh in New Kingdom Egypt. The presence of wine jars and
paintings of everyday life sheds light on the everyday Egyptians. The
beauty of objects such as the golden burial mask, the necklace with
the vulture pendant and ornaments such as the scarab bracelet and the
mirror case reveal the high state of the art technology and
craftsmanship that existed in ancient Egypt around the time of
Tutankhamun.

The tomb painting on the blue baboon wall and the painting of Osiris
leading Tutankamun into the next life reveals the polytheistic nature
of the ancient Egyptian religion. This is evident in the fact that
there are numerous gods from that of the baboon deities, to the God
Khephri (scarab bettle) and the god Osris and goddess Nut. The double
image of Tutankhamun in the other wall painting reveals the religious
belief that a person is made of different parts that is the physical
side and the ka or his spiritual double. The idea that the in order to
reach immortality, one must go through a journey, as symbolised by a
journey on a celestial boat through the heavens is another indication
of their religious beliefs. The portrait head of Tutankhamun rising
out of a blue lotus flower, reflects the Egyptian belief that life
grew out of a primeval mound, as a result of observing the annual
flooding of the Nile. This creation myth is at the heart of many of
their religious myths.

The golden burial mask, sheds light on the Egyptian belief in the
afterlife, as one which in its initial stage as being dangerous
because the presence of the cobras (ureus) is there to spit venom into
anyone who might harm the king. The ornate quality of this mask
reflects a deeply seated notion of the afterlife. The fact that the
mask is supposed to protect the body...

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