Gayer-Anderson Artifact Analysis

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Hartman 1 Gavin Hartman Gayer-Anderson Artifact Ancient Egyptians 661-332 BCE The Gayer-Anderson artifact is a very detailed ancient Egyptian sculpture of the goddess Bastet. This artifact has a height of 42cm and a width of 13cm and is made mostly out of bronze. The sculpture is a great example of how most ancient Egyptian sculptures looked and is a clear representation of how important the goddess Bastet was to the people of that time. Many ancient Egyptians used sculptures like this to worship their gods in the best way they possibly could. This artifact was most likely created during…show more content…
More important religious practices were performed by the pharaoh, or the king of Egypt, because it was believed that he could communicate with the gods. He acted almost like a “middle man” between his own people and the gods and goddesses. The pharaoh also had the power to sustain the gods through rituals and offerings so that they can maintain order in the universe. However, individual people could also communicate with the gods for their own reasons by asking for help through prayer or magic. Another important part of the ancient Egyptian religion was the belief in the afterlife. The Egyptians believed that if an effort was made to prepare a proper burial then this would ensure the survival of their soul after dieing. This was mostly done by making tombs, leaving valuable objects near the tomb, and by making offerings to the…show more content…
Among these many stories there are a series of important ones called the creation myths. These myths tell the story of how the universe was created. The myths state that the world emerged as the sun god, Ra, rose for the first time from the dry-space from of primordial ocean of chaos. There are many different versions of the story of creation that explain the process differently. Another important Egyptian myth tells the story of how the sun rose in the morning everyday. This myth says that the sun god Ra met up with Osiris, the god of resurrection, so that Osiris can renew the life of Ra. Also, each night Ra fought Apep, the serpentine god of chaos, and won so that the rising of the sun the next morning could be celebrated as rebirth and the victory of Ra over

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