An ancient Egyptian funeral procession

For the classroom

Ani’s funeral procession


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The Opening of the Mouth ceremony


From the Book of the Dead of Hunefer.

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Equipment for the Opening of the Mouth ceremony


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An adze


Wooden model of an adze used in The Opening of the Mouth Ceremony.

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Heart scarabs


A group of heart scarabs

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Shabti figures

Source: britishmuseum.org

A box of shabti figures

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Anubis mask

Source: bbc.co.uk

From the Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate.

Visit the site http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/44l-RwKyRhycfNucowOyTA

Egyptian funerals and afterlife beliefs

Source: bbc.co.uk

Video clip about Egyptian funerals and afterlife beliefs; a funeral scene from a tomb is discussed starting at 2:30.

See this video on bbc.co.uk http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/z2svcdm

The Book of the Dead

Source: britishmuseum.org

British Museum video on the Book of the Dead, including the journey and the weighing of the heart.

Visit the site https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GpVEAK-n6Y

Video clip describing the weighing of the heart

Source: bbc.co.uk

See this video on bbc.co.uk http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p016r242

Series of five BBC Class Clips about scarabs

Source: bbc.co.uk

See this video on bbc.co.uk http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zb72pv4/resources/4

Series of five BBC Class Clips about shabtis

Source: bbc.co.uk

See this video on bbc.co.uk http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zb72pv4/resources/3

Interactive game

Source: ancientegypt.co.uk

Exploring the ancient Egyptian Underworld

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Preparing the body for the funeral

Source: ancientegypt.co.uk

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Outside the classroom

Most museums with an Egyptian collection have examples of funerary papyri, scarabs or shabtis. Here is a small selection.

Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow

Source: glasgowlife.org.uk

Visit the site http://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/kelvingrove/Pages/default.aspx

Egypt Centre, University of Wales, Swansea

Source: egypt.swan.ac.uk

Visit the site http://www.egypt.swan.ac.uk/

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Source: bmag.org.uk

Visit the site http://www.bmag.org.uk/birmingham-museum

New Walk Museum, Leicester

Source: leicester.gov.uk

Visit the site http://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council-services/lc/leicester-city-museums/museums/nwm-art-gallery/

Ulster Museum

Source: nmni.com

Visit the site http://www.nmni.com/um

Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

Source: museums.norfolk.gov.uk

Visit the site http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/Visit_Us/Norwich_Castle/The_Egyptian_Gallery/index.htm

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Source: bristolmuseums.org.uk

Visit the site http://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery/

Manchester Museum

Source: manchester.ac.uk

Visit the site http://www.manchester.ac.uk/museum

Maidstone Museum, Kent

Source: museum.maidstone.gov.uk

Visit the site http://www.museum.maidstone.gov.uk/

British Museum

Source: britishmuseum.org

Visit the site http://www.britishmuseum.org

An ancient Egyptian funeral procession