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We can learn a lot about the daily activities and social life of the Ancient Egyptians from the wall paintings and reliefs decorating their tombs. View examples of these fine murals as well as the prized jewelry, food, furniture, and tools the Ancient Egyptians carried to the afterworld.

The Artifacts of Daily Life

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Ancient Egyptians decorated their tomb chapels with vivid scenes of their household activities and they would take their belongings into the tomb to use on the journey through the underworld.

The Servant Statues

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The Servant Statues

The nobles of ancient Egypt filled their tombs with statues of their servants to work for them in the hereafter.

Dwarfs in Ancient Egypt

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Dwarfs in Ancient Egypt

Two kinds of dwarfs were known in ancient Egypt, the African pygmies, who were performers, and the Egyptian dwarfs, who were frequently placed in charge of pet animals. The Egyptian dwarfs also engaged in making jewelry.

Tomb Decoration

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Tomb Decoration

To prepare for life after death, Ancient Egyptians constructed and decorated the tomb as an eternal home for use in the hereafter.

Tomb Chapel Paintings

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Tomb Chapel Paintings

The tomb chapel was the place for the reunion of the family in ancient Egypt. Illustrations of daily life and scenes of entertainment were depicted on the walls of the tomb in relief or in paintings.

Family Reunion

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Family Reunion

Family members would visit the departed in their tombs to make offerings for them and to recite prayers for their benefit.

The Egyptian Kitchen

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The Egyptian Kitchen

Beginning in the Old Kingdom, small limestone and wooden statues of servants at work were placed in tomb chapels to serve the deceased in the hereafter.

Tombs of the Princesses at Deir El-Bahari

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Tombs of the Princesses at Deir El-Bahari

Tombs of six princesses containing fine sarcophagi and beautiful scenes of daily life and offerings were found hidden beneath the funerary temple of Montuhotep the Second at Deir El-Bahari.

Hunting Equipment and Games of Tutankhamun

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Hunting Equipment and Games of Tutankhamun

Egyptians entertained themselves by playing sports and games such as senet. When they went hunting they rode in chariots and used boomerangs, swords, knives, daggers, bows and arrows.

The Boats of Tutankhamun

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The Boats of Tutankhamun

Wooden boat models of different types and functions were found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun. These models would act symbolically to transport the king on his journey through the underworld.

Middle Kingdom Jewelry

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Middle Kingdom Jewelry

The Ancient Egyptians' great achievements in jewelry making began in the First Dynasty and progressed to the original forms and techniques achieved in the Twelfth Dynasty.

Household Miniatures

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Household Miniatures

These exquisite miniature wooden models of the chancellor Meketre's household were made to serve the deceased in the afterlife.

Oils and Ointments in Ancient Egypt

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Oils and Ointments in Ancient Egypt

The ancient Egyptians produced and imported oils and ointments used in cooking, rituals, cosmetics, lighting, heating, and mummification.

Miniature Soldiers

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Miniature Soldiers

During the period from the Seventh to Tenth Dynasty, known as the First Intermediate Period, Egypt fell into an era of disorder, civil wars, and famine.

Coffin of Sepi

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Coffin of Sepi

Egyptian priests compiled funerary and ritual texts to assist the deceased during the journey in the underworld.

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