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Egyptian Gallery: Funerary Beliefs

The northeast end of the Egyptian gallery exhibits objects which reflect funerary beliefs. Wooden models of the Middle Kingdom (ca. 2200 B.C.) were supposed to provide transportation or sustenance for the deceased in the afterlife. Wooden figures (the god Ptah-Sokar-Osiris, Anubis and several human headed ba birds which are representations of the soul of the deceased), are shown with brightly painted wooden funerary stelae. The large model of the pyramid of Sahure at Abu Sir is a vivid illustration of pyramid construction and the elements which made up a pyramid complex. A 17-foot-tall statue of King Tutankhamun, excavated by the Oriental Institute at Medinet Habu stands against the west wall.

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Revised: February 19, 2007

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