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Egyptian art and architecture offer important clues to the religious beliefs and everyday life of that time It is believed that the people of the Nile began producing art in the 7th millennium BC translation many many moons ago Their art consisted of decorative patterns of geometric shapes of varying sizes and obscure symbols on pottery The direct representational drawings of animals traps and hunters came later on Bunson 29 The other forms of art were painting relief and sculpture Relief work was 2-3 dimensional and was drawn on grids to insure accurate representation Paintings were also produced in this process using a prepared background of stone or mud plaster Sculptures started off as squared blocks A drawing was carved into the block and then cut away as the block was worked Baines 59 Egyptian architecture evolved at the same pace as relief painting and sculpture The earliest homes were probably versions of tents or roofless areas protected from the elements by walls But the pieces of architecture that impress us the most are the pyramids temples and tombs Bunsen 30 The tomb that interests me the most is that of King Tutankhamun known as King Tut Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon found King Tuts tomb in the Valley of the Kings in 1922 The tomb consisted of four rooms and held over 5000 artifacts The tomb was the most intact tomb to be found even though it had been looted and robbed twice Temples were religious structures considered to be the horizon of a divine being Macmillan 258 Ancient Egyptians believed that each temple had a link to the past and that the formulas and ceremonies that were performed there had happened for generations Temples and tombs were the only building ancient Egyptians made out of durable material The Egyptians called pyramids mr Macmillan 211 Pyramids were erected as a tomb and stage for mortuary rituals Pyramids were considered the place of
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