This picture is a presentation of embalming. The snake in the picture represents wisdom and life.  The Egyptian religion believed that one could continue on in the afterlife had they lived a perfectly balanced life.  Had one reached this, they could continue to live on in eternity.  Thus, the cobra represents the wisdom associated with how someone lived their life and also symbolizes one continuing on to the afterlife.

This picture is a presentation of embalming. The snake in the picture represents wisdom and life. The Egyptian religion believed that one could continue on in the afterlife had they lived a perfectly balanced life. Had one reached this, they could continue to live on in eternity. Thus, the cobra represents the wisdom associated with how someone lived their life and also symbolizes one continuing on to the afterlife.

This picture is a good representation of how chairs were decorated for those with status.  The legs are shaped like the paws of lion and raised off of the floor which is typical during this time period.  The height of the chair suggests that it was used for someone of importance.  The chair also appears to be inlaid with precious metals and stones to give it the coloring it has, which was also only reserved for those with status.

This picture is a good representation of how chairs were decorated for those with status. The legs are shaped like the paws of lion and raised off of the floor which is typical during this time period. The height of the chair suggests that it was used for someone of importance. The chair also appears to be inlaid with precious metals and stones to give it the coloring it has, which was also only reserved for those with status.

This drawing shows the human eye and the eyebrow which is called the Udjat eye.  This symbol is also sometimes referred to as the Eye of Ra. This shows the importance of religion to the Egyptians.  This Eye of Ra symbolizes protection and was supposed to help ward off illness.

This drawing shows the human eye and the eyebrow which is called the Udjat eye. This symbol is also sometimes referred to as the Eye of Ra. This shows the importance of religion to the Egyptians. This Eye of Ra symbolizes protection and was supposed to help ward off illness.

In Egyptian art, the size of the individual was based on status.  As you can see in this photo, the male is the largest in perspective and is more in the foreground.  This would go to show that he is portrayed as a person with importance.  The lady drawn in a smaller size in front of the man is most likely his wife.  The ones drawn in the background who are relatively small in size are most likely slaves.

In Egyptian art, the size of the individual was based on status. As you can see in this photo, the male is the largest in perspective and is more in the foreground. This would go to show that he is portrayed as a person with importance. The lady drawn in a smaller size in front of the man is most likely his wife. The ones drawn in the background who are relatively small in size are most likely slaves.

This jewelry depicts the kind of style that was popular in ancient Mesopotamia.  The rosette is used in the pieces on the lower left and right.  This motif was used fairly often in Mesopotamian designs.  White, red and blue  were some of the common color patterns used in Mesopotamian designs.

This jewelry depicts the kind of style that was popular in ancient Mesopotamia. The rosette is used in the pieces on the lower left and right. This motif was used fairly often in Mesopotamian designs. White, red and blue were some of the common color patterns used in Mesopotamian designs.

A palanquin is a chair used for transporting the Pharaoh around in public.    These were sometimes buried in the tomb of the Pharaoh.

A palanquin is a chair used for transporting the Pharaoh around in public. These were sometimes buried in the tomb of the Pharaoh.

A baldachin is basically a canopy that covers a throne and is considered a type of temple.  This was used on the sacred barges when the dead Pharaohs were ferried down the Nile.

A baldachin is basically a canopy that covers a throne and is considered a type of temple. This was used on the sacred barges when the dead Pharaohs were ferried down the Nile.

Androsphinxes are sculptures which was a combination of the body of a lion and the head of a human.  The most famous is the Great Sphinx of Giza.

Androsphinxes are sculptures which was a combination of the body of a lion and the head of a human. The most famous is the Great Sphinx of Giza.

An apadana is basically a large audience hall. The most famous apadana, as depicted in the image, was located in Persepolis.  The columns were 65-feet-high and 27-feet-apart.

An apadana is basically a large audience hall. The most famous apadana, as depicted in the image, was located in Persepolis. The columns were 65-feet-high and 27-feet-apart.

Collonnades are a progression of columns arranged side-by-side.  Columns in Mesopotamia were generally made out of wood but were set on foundations of stone.

Collonnades are a progression of columns arranged side-by-side. Columns in Mesopotamia were generally made out of wood but were set on foundations of stone.

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