Ancient Egyptian burial patterns being repeated – mannerism or specific meaning of death
Agnieszka Kowalska, Joanna Popielska-Grzybowska
Napoleon’s expedition to Egypt brought to light much information on
splendid ancient culture. Many representations and drawings were made based on
Egyptian tombs originals and were showing the tombs themselves, the pyramids
included. This started the so-called egyptomania, manifestations of which one can find
especially in architecture, but also in some everyday used items. It was fascination with
“culture of death” – as Egyptian civilisation happens to be named – what left its impress
on the 18th, 19th and 20th century European funerary customs as well. Some monuments,
however, were planned for the living, as e.g. the Giraffe-house in Antwerpen or the
Carreras Tobacco Factory in London, but most were – as originally in Egypt – for the
dead. Consequently, there appeared tomb monuments inspired by old Egyptian art or
being its direct imitation as in case of the pyramids. Due to the inexactitude of the
pictures brought from Egypt, the pyramids constructed in Europe resemble rather those
of Meroe and not those of Giza. Moreover, the founders of the monuments hoped for
natural mummification. Interestingly enough it did occurred from time to time.
Fascination with pyramids still lasts and takes its harvest.
Egypt, culture of death, mannerism, mummification.