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Scintillating Flesh
The Divine Deceased
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This chapter explores funerary rites and objects of Ancient Egypt as part of the preparations for, and responses to, death. Items are discussed in terms of how they can offer insights into the social status and lifeworld of the deceased, as well as what they can tell us about belief in an afterlife and, importantly, the impact of socio-religious convention on cultural behaviour and practices, and presence of scepticism about the afterlife. The process and ritual function of mummification is explored with reference to specific figures, such as the mummy and coffin of Tasheriankh. Particular practices including embalming, use of hieroglyphic writing in religious display, iconographic themes, and the use of gold in the funerary industry are discussed at length, with reference to particular examples in Manchester Museum’s collections.

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