Sunday, October 01, 2006

Ancient and modern attitudes to death
A 2-page feature comparing the attitudes of the ancient Egyptians and the modern (presumably western) world to death, inspired by the exhibition Temples and Tombs: Treasures of Egyptian Art from The British Museum showing at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art until November 26th 2006:
"The sarcophagus is beautiful – wooden, conformed to a woman’s shapely body, decorated with bright colors depicting a woman’s face and a multitude of small geometric shapes and mysterious symbols.
The sarcophagus is at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, one of the objects in the traveling British Museum exhibit of Egyptian art and funerary objects that will be in the capital until Nov. 26.
You don’t get buried in a casket like that today. You are put into a plain metal box with its adornment limited to the side carrying handles, and down you go.
With caskets like ours, it’s not worth getting excited about dying.
But from the amount of time the Egyptians devoted to death, they considered it a thing of importance.
Death is more of a nuisance to most of us than an adventure, generally because we don’t know where we’re going or don’t think we’re going anywhere.
The noteworthy thing about the Egyptian sarcophagus is that it wasn’t for a king or priest but someone of lesser social standing and according to the exhibit, would have been cranked out with many others – not exactly mass produced, but generically produced."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

See also on temples, graves, and houses in ancient Egypt:here.