Egyptian and Etruscan Tomb Paintings Comparison Essay by The Research Group

Egyptian and Etruscan Tomb Paintings
An examination and comparison of cultural functions, styles, themes and subjects, historical significance, depiction of social realities and views on religion and death.
# 15201 | 2,250 words | 8 sources | 2000 | US
Published on Feb 10, 2003 in Art (History) , Archaeology (Egypt)

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"Although tomb paintings are the major source of information about life in ancient Egypt and the principal source of such information about ancient Etruria, the types of data they provide differ somewhat. For nearly 3,000 years Egyptian tombs were the resting places of the semi-divine pharaohs and members of their families and entourages. Depictions of life in the tomb paintings provide an enormous number of details of Egyptian life. Even though the activities depicted were the usually ritualistic behavior of divine beings rather than ordinary life, the position of the pharaohs as the guarantors of the continuity of the state, and of the very cycle of life itself, meant that everything fell within their sphere of influence. All manner of activities were, therefore, depicted in their tombs--whether they were part of the elaborate funerary processes or simply facets of the pharaohs'..."

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