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Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Life and Death in Egyptian Art

This artwork explores the themes of life and death that ran throughout the art of Ancient Egypt. Both color and imagery are symbolic, representing the ideas and beliefs of a society. There are many stories of dieties, as they presided over the fate of the people and the land. While there was an emphasis on preparation for the afterlife, much importance was placed on living. Storytelling, music and art making were all important aspects of society as well.

In looking at these objects, we ask ourselves why were these objects made, what was their purpose, and what does it mean?

Created By

Nora Schaefer


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