Today we arrive at British Museum Room 62-63 – Egyptian Death & Afterlife, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.
These rooms at the British Museum contain funerary objects and artworks from ancient Egypt. Inspiring us to ponder life, death and the possibility of life after death. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!
1. Installation of Mummies, by Unknown
2. ARTEMIDORUS, circa 100-120 AD, by Unknown
3. Pectoral, 1070-712 BC, by Unknown
Some fun facts about the Museum :
- Enthusiasts of Egyptology would know that the ancient Egyptians had some of the most fascinating and elaborate rituals relating to the burial of people, especially their pharaohs. This section of the museum is dedicated to the observation and exploration of these practices through various ancient objects.
- The Egyptians believed in the afterlife, and therefore buried their beloved kings in grand tombs – the pyramids – along with all their worldly wealth and belongings.
- The mortal remains were treated with the utmost respect – through the process of mummification. This involved removing the vital organs from the body and placing them in separate jars. After this, the cadaver was dried, treated with oil and finally wrapped in bandages.
- This was not all. The tombs were build to be highly decorative and attractive structures, with carvings and engravings. Furthermore, various objects such as funerary masks, shabtis (small figurines) and pots were placed in the tomb for various practical and mystical purposes.
A Final Thought :
Rooms 62-63 provide an immersive experience that allows the viewer to travel back in time to the banks of the Nile. To observe and understand the life of the ancient Egyptians.
Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there.