Image for the Egyptians

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The image of ancient Egyptian life was found in many different types of artifacts. The strong belief in the afterlife and the gods and goddesses were depicted in statues and hieroglyphs. So let’s go over six different types of artifacts that represent these images that the Egyptian people had for themselves.

Six artifacts that have strong image of the Egyptian people are the Giza pyramids, Egyptian sarcophagi, statues of gods and kings, and the Hieroglyphics, the Egyptian artistic form known as the cannon of proportions and Khnum the god of pottery. First are the Giza pyramids which served as the tombs of kings. These were built to house the king’s body and his “ka” The ka is a symbol of the reception of the life powers from each man from the gods, this was a very important image to the Egyptian people, so they made sure it was taken care of in the next life by building large structures like the pyramids.

On the walls of inner pyramid chambers were the Pyramid Texts, which were “a collection of utterances that served as spells with certain functions for the dead (such as protection from harm, various rituals performed at the royal funeral, etc.)” These texts eventually would become the Book of the Dead. These hieroglyphs were connected to the image of Egyptian “ka” and their images of the after life.

The Sarcophagus, which held the remains of a once great king of Egypt, was placed deep inside the pyramids in the mastaba which was decorated and held all that was important to the king in his previous life.

Finally, sculptures made of stone and wood were painted and the eyes were inlaid with crystals. These would be made in the image of persons of importance but some also depict...