ERIC Number: EJ711869
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-1
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Tomb Group of Nesmutaatneru
Sponpinato, Nancy; King, Judith
School Arts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, v104 n8 p31 Apr 2005
Egyptian artifacts and treasures mesmerize nearly all museum visitors. A careful look at ancient Egyptian art can tell us a great about Egyptian culture and artistry. The ancient Egyptians believed that in the afterlife, the spirit (or ka) of the deceased returned to the body. It was important for the body to be preserved to ensure that the ka had a safe home for eternity. The ancient Egyptians used a complex mummification process. Internal organs were removed, preserved, and stored in canopic jars outside of the mummy case. The body was dehydrated with natron salts and wrapped in yards of linen. This process, which took about three months, was accompanied by many elaborate rituals invoking the aid of gods to ensure a safe passage to the afterlife. Nesmutaatneru, buried about 700-675 Be, was the wife of a high-ranking Theban priest. Her family's status is reflected in the craftsmanship of her burial goods. All three of her coffins are described in detail in this article, as well as the mummy itself.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Egypt