king is dead! Long live the king!
As we prepare for a royal burial, there
is quite a bit of work to complete. Egyptians believed that many tasks
were required to make the afterlife a successful venture. Each of you will
be assigned to one of the following groups where you have the specific
responsibility for the outlined duties. I've tried to underline the materials
needed or each, but of course you are welcome to substitue or add as you
jars - you must make replicas of the canopic jars and the organs that
would be place in them. You may use empty cans or bottles from home
(cleaned out!!), decorated with the correct gods' heads, and drawings of
the organs placed inside each.
Linen decorations - your task is to
make decorations, jewelry, and amulets to place inside the mummy's wrappings.
You can use rocks or clay painted to look like authentic scarab
jewelry, or other such items
Mask - you must make a realistic-looking
"death mask" for the mummy out of flour, newspaper, plastic wrap,
and water. In addition to identifying the deceased, it also served to demonstrate
their importance in life. Since this mummy is of a very important person,
your death mask had better be impressive!!
Case or apron - you are in charge of
the mummy case - the inscriptions that will be placed on the sarcophagus
itself. Your task is to design and create a stunning series of pictures
and prayers that will be placed over the body. Since the death mask will
sit on top of your creation, you should work closely with the maskers to
make sure everything fits together!
Burial items - you must create 'stuff'
for the mummy's tomb. An ancient Egyptian needed to have everything all
set up to spend an eternity of ease (including workers!), and this one
is no exception. Using clay, paper, cans, jars, rocks, wood, and other
material as you see fit, design and decorate items to be buried with
You can see pictures from these projects by
following these links - class 2004, class