Coffin, Egypt, about 1040 BC
We went to the Brooklyn Museum of Art
and learned a lot about mummies in ancient Egypt. When they buried their
dead they decorated the coffins with amulets. Amulets are good luck
charms for the afterlife.
The pictures often show the dead person
being given water. Water was a sign of life. If a man was painted
blue it represented water and air and it meant he was a god. You could
also tell he was a god because he had a curved beard on his chin.
The goddesses were painted yellow or orange to represent the sun.