Art for the Afterlife: Tomb Paintings in the British Museum by Lucia Gahlin

This meeting was held in Exeter at the Devon Archaeological Society, where once again, Lucia has delivered an excellent lecture.   For this talk, Lucia talked about art for the afterlife – focusing on tomb paintings now in the British Museum.

800px-TombofNebamun-2The Ancient Egyptian élite of the New Kingdom (c.1550 – 1069 BC) had elaborate scenes painted on the walls of their rock cut tombs on the West Bank at Luxor.  Highlighting the famous and beautiful 18th dynasty Theban tomb of Nebamun Lucia discussed how they portrayed their idea of paradise, and how they hoped to be remembered and sustained for eternity.   Magic and art combined to create a sacred space for rebirth into the ‘Other World’.

Lucia discussed the meaning of these colourful tomb paintings.  She showed us some wonderful examples of extremely fine ancient Egyptian art, and how they came to be in the British Museum.  She also went into detail to explain and enlighten us on the themes found in non-royal funerary art of the New Kingdom.

As always with Lucia, I enjoyed every word and just loved the examples she chose and what I learned from them – thank Lucia, Look forward to hearing you again.

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