Coffin Of Usermontu

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1. Define the following words: • Ethnocentric: a belief that someone’s culture is better than any other cultures or if someone states that his/her culture is the best. • Primitive: not modern, very basic way of doing techniques. • Totemism: Totemism still exists in this modern world, as examples in India some people believe that cows are holy. They are not allowed to eat or cut the cows; they can only drink the milk. Also in India there is a temple devoted to the rats. People come to the temple everyday to worship the Hindu goddess and feed the rats. Not only they feed the rats but also they eat the food that the rats have taken small bites from. • Symbol: Symbol, relating to ancient art, plays a very important role. For example the Egyptians paint pictures of everything they need on the coffin as a symbol of the real daily needs so that the mummy is prepared for the afterlife. As described, The Usermontu Coffin has paintings of some objects as symbols for the life after the dead. 2. Visual and Contextual Analysis A. Whats • Content: This is a piece of Egyptian Sclupture of New Kingdom period is Usermontu’s Coffin. When I first saw this coffin I thought that this coffin is different from some other coffins I’ve studied, specifically King Tutankhamun’s coffin. The coffin does not portray the pose of standard pharaoh pose, which is crossing arm in front of chest and hands holding crook and flail (the crook and flail is a symbol of divine authority to rule the land) so I thought that he must not have been a pharaoh. But he must have been an important person or from a rich family because the process of mummifying is very expensive and only rich people could afford it. • Purpose: Just like any other coffin, this coffin meant to be a place for the mummy to preserve because the Egyptians believe so much in the afterlife. They believe that people will still have a
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