Art Spawned by Death

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Art Spawned By Death
Death is an inevitable part of life for all human beings. No matter the time period, culture, or geographic location, all individuals possess opinions, beliefs, and rituals involving this unifying but tragic fate of all human beings. Differences aside throughout history, special attention has been paid to those who experience death. Most commonly, a proper burial that is in accordance with the individual’s time period, culture, and beliefs is given by those close to the deceased. Often ornate monuments are left behind at the time of burial to honor the individual or house their remains, sometimes both. As a consequence, many civilizations throughout history have their own distinctive pieces of art spawned by death in their society. Examination of funerary art from various ancient civilizations tells much about the group it belongs to by providing insight about their culture as well as their traditions and beliefs associated with death.
The majority of the monuments that the ancient Egyptians left behind were associated with death. The purpose of these monuments was to ensure safety and happiness in the next life. The construction of the Stepped Pyramid and mortuary precinct of Djoser reflects just that. It is one of the oldest stone structures in Egypt and the first of many grandiose royal tombs to come. The Egyptians believed that one’s ka, a life force accompanying a person from birth, could inhabit the deceased’s corpse and live on forever. The Egyptian belief in immortality and the afterlife is seen throughout the construction of mastabas and tombs. Stepped pyramid of Djoser began as a large mastaba. It doubled in size before taking on its final form as a tomb, which served to protect the mummified king and his possessions as well as symbolize by its enormity, the king’s significant power. The standard Egyptian mastaba for single burials…...

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