The Ka in Egyptian Funerary Art

An analysis of the Egyptian view of death, through funerary art.

This paper focuses on the theme of Egyptian funerary art, illustrating its purpose to link the living world with the after life. The paper describes the Ka, the central life force which sustains one and which needs to be taken care of after death. The wall art and the statues found in Egyptian tombs provides knowledge of the Egyptian religious beliefs.
“Religion attempts to answer several basic questions: who are we, where did we come from, and where are we going. Nothing serves a better example of man’s attempt to answer these questions than Egyptian funerary art. The theme of Egyptian art is not to portray the living, except to provide guidance for the dead, but was meant to help link the living world with the after life.”