Ancient Egyptian Arts
The arts played a VERY imporatant role in Ancient Egyptian life for many reasons, primarily for entertainment, architecture, and the afterlife.
This is what music sounded like in Ancient Egypt.
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in Ancient Egypt
Celebration was definitly a main part of Ancient Egyptian life and entertainment. They celebrated many things. To name a few, there was The Sed Festival, a festival to celebrate the 30th year of a Pharaoh's rule, held every three years until the end of a his rule, The Opet Festival, to celebrate the Theban Triad, which is a group of three gods, and Wepet Renpet, a festival to celebrate the new year. Celebrations included lots of food, including geese, pig, duck, goat, fish, bread, and a dish consisting of lentils, chickpeas, cucumbers and onions. From what we see on tomb paintings, a main part of Egyptian celebration was dance and music, which was played at many celebrations, with instruments like harps, lyres, lutes, oboes, and drums. Guests were also excited by male and female acrobats and dancers. Archaeologists have even founds jugs of beer and wine from Ancient Egyptian parties and celebrations!
Architecture also played a very important roll in Ancient Egypt. Egypt is full of beautiful works of art and landmarks, and is especially known for it's pyramids. The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the Seven Wonders of the World! Tombs, which also have to do with the afterlife, were major works of art in Ancient Egypt. The Tomb of Tutankhamun is one of the most famous Ancient Egyptian tombs, because it was the only tomb of it's era that was found. It was described as, "intact and full of indescribable treasures." Tombs were full of cosmetics, sculptures made of gold, jewels, statues, paintings, and many other things. Temples were also works of architecture, and were used a lot for worship and religion purposes.
The Ancient Egyptians beleived that you could enjoy life after death. They built elaborate tombs (the wealthier you were, the more elaborate your tomb was) and decorated them with things that they wanted to bring to the afterlife, like wigs, cosmetics, makeup, jewelry, paintings, sculptures, and other valuables. The rich had sculptures in their tombs of servents that would care for them in their afterlife. Also inside the tombs were the mummies of the people who have died. They were wrapped to preserve their bodies for the afterlife. When someone wealthy or powerful died, they were wrapped, put inside elaborate coffin covered with 'magic spells' and then put inside tomb.
As you can see, the Arts played A very important role in Ancient Egyptian life!
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