Ancient Egyptians buried their dead in elaborately decorated coffins called a sarcophagus. The after- life and customs surrounding death were a large part of the Egyptian’s customs and culture. The sarcophagus were detailed with symbols, drawings & stories. The symbols were thought to give the dead spiritual protection.
Desk masks are the detailed headpieces on the sarcophagus. These were placed over the mummies and were thought to help a dead person’s spirit recognize their body in the afterlife.
This lesson encourages children to not only think about the level of detail that went into each sarcophagus but also to recognize similar patterns, symbols and colors. Children use a folded paper technique that will help them create a balanced asymmetrical sarcophagus.
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