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Egyptian art is very essential to the growth and development of many cultures of today. It’s, also, viewed most often today by many archaeologists and historians looking to better their knowledge of Egyptian culture. Egyptologists and archaeologists are always finding new discoveries concerning the history of Egyptian art. It’s particularly easy since the Egyptians, literally, left their mark on the world through use of their native alphabet, hieroglyphics, mummification, and the preservation of traditions. The Egyptians made it easy to discover who they were and their customs by leaving their history in writing and drawings.

At the Albany Institute of History and Art, there is an exhibit filled with Ancient Egyptian art. I, particularly, enjoyed this exhibit because of how realistic the artifacts were. Three in particular that caught my attention were the hieroglyphics display, the mummy of Ankhefenmut, and the containers used to hold the organs of mummies. The way that these specific exhibits are connected enhances the culture of the Egyptians back in the Ptolemaic kingdom. It, also, connects to the customs and traditions of the Egyptians.

The hieroglyphics display was quite interesting. Hieroglyphics of Ancient Egypt tell stories. They allow people like us to gain knowledge of the Egyptian lifestyle. The only challenge today is finding people who are able to translate hieroglyphics into common languages spoken today. One hieroglyphics at the Albany Institute, in particular, was the “biography” of the mummy Ankhefenmut. The hieroglyphs told who he was, what he did in his lifetime, and how he prepared for his afterlife. Within his “biography”, it was stated that he was a sculptor and a priest. This would help archaeologists dis...

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...nd we wouldn’t know to record our own history as it happens.

These exhibits connect and string together the tradition of funerals and Ancient Egyptian culture. While the Egyptians were alive, they recorded their lives and history through hieroglyphics. Hieroglyphics was the language they wrote in. They, also, recorded their lives through pictures they drew on walls and recorded in special places. Ancient Egyptians of royal descent were mummified. The preservation of their bodies and souls was an important process in helping the Egyptians transition into their afterlife. Sometimes, they even went to large lengths, as the inscription of directions to their afterlife on their coffins. Mummies would, also, have their internal organs in canopic jars buried in their coffins with them. It all just connected to the tradition of the Ancient Egyptians of the Ptolemaic period
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