Ancient Egypt: Death and the Afterlife
What would you take with you? Afterlife Treasures
The Ancient Egyptians believed that the afterlife would be perfect. They wanted to take treasures from their life with them, and small amulets (like lucky charms) which would protect them in the afterlife.
Treasure and Jewellery
Important things from life would be put in the tomb and on the mummy.
The Ancient Egyptians had lots of different types of jewellery which looked beautiful and decorative, but also had symbols which would bring the wearer good fortune – like lucky charm bracelets.
Jewellery materials were chosen for a reason. Gold was the divine metal, flesh of the god Ra.
Lapis lazuli (blue colour) imitated the appearance of the heavens and was superior to all other metals except for gold and silver. Turquoise was associated with vegetation, symbolising youth and rebirth.
Amulets were wrapped in the layers of bandages. They were like lucky charms which would protect the deceased in the afterlife. Scarab beetle amulets were very special as they were a symbol of rebirth and regeneration. They were usually placed over the heart to protect the heart during the ‘weighing of the heart’ ceremony, where the god Anubis checks whether the individual led a good and moral life.
Other popular amulets included the wedjat, or the Eye of Horus, which protected the mummy against bad spirits.
Shabti were small statues of slaves or soldiers who would protect the mummy in the afterlife. Often they were turquoise in colour.