Depictions of the Dead:
A Survey through Ceramics and Stonework
This exhibits highlights the ways in which the ancient Greek people honored and represented their dead. In order to understand how the Greek and Egyptian civilizations wanted to immortalize their dead, this exhibit focuses on the components of burial monuments that made up the portrayal of the deceased.
This exhibit pairs together the stelae from both ancient Egypt and ancient Greece, the standing statues (serdab and kouros), and the ritual jars and vases, all of which were mediums for these depictions. The distinct changes from each time period will show how this dynamic culture changed due to possible economic and political institutions of the time. More so gaining an understanding of these practices might allow us to see how other cultures were influenced or vice versa, even hinting at origin points for some modern day beliefs and practices, though we cannot say for certain.
Analyzing the ways in which these two civilizations depicted their dead is fundamental in understanding the historical and cultural aspects beneath each society’s funerary rights.
It is vital to consider how and for what purpose the deceased are portrayed in specific ways, be it idealized or specific; this contains both functionalist and post-processual aspects—the former concerning the impact on society and how death is dealt with and the latter regarding the significance of the individual both in a family setting and in relation to the state.
Rosie Kelly, Lucas McLaughlin, Bertram Lim, Mike Mattia, Alex Sakhno, Ferhad Sultani