Photographer's Note

The ancient Egyptian version of a motion picture, I guess! I was having a conversation with someone a few days ago about ancient Egypt, and I came across these photos about the same time, in an overlooked folder, so I thought I would post a couple of the more interesting ones.

I'm not sure which tomb this is from (it may be Ipi), but scenes of daily life were common depictions in tombs. Many people assert that the ancient Egyptians were obsessed with death, but just the opposite is true. They were so enamored of life in their black land, Kemmet (named for the rich, dark alluvial silt deposited during the yearly flooding of the Nile, which promised a renewal of life for the planting season to come), that they wanted to take it with them. The general belief was that these animated scenes would come to life in the afterlife. Workmen and officials frequently depicted daily life activities with which they were familiar: harvesting, building... partying (!), those activities they sought to continue in the world beyond. Sometime these bands were even "captioned," with the words of the workers, like bubble text of comic books or graphic novels. This panel depicts farm workers bringing in the harvest from the Fields of the Blessed. Look how HIGH the grain grows! to the tops of the workers' heads (probably about five feet). Truly these were the magically-endowed fields of the Gods! LOL

I love seeing these, as I think they're very poignant. they're more than just "dead" images, as they provide a very intimate look into the world of the ancients, one which they probably didn't intend, but to our great fortune and enrichment, they survive to the present day, formulating a bridge between the present and the past.

So sayeth this ancient historian!

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  • Copyright: Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 78 N: 1270] (2186)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2011-09-00
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2020-09-24 12:22
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