Egyptian wooden model, offering bearer, 1785-1550 B.C.

From the moment it became ideologically acceptable to substitute offerings for their mere representation in wall paintings, it became possible to do the same with the funeral trousseau, which allowed the deceased to take with him whatever he needed to make his other life comfortable. Wooden models were placed next to the coffin, the most common being representations of warriors, servers working, processing food, prayers, offerers, etc. The main characteristic of the Middle Empire is that it is observed in the artistic expressions, a tendency towards a "humanized" representation of the royalty. There is a greater realism in general, and particularly in portraits, and this same criterion was imitated by the Egyptian nobility.


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