Visual Art Paper 1 ,May/June 2010  
Questions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Main
General Comments

Question 7

The question required candidates to
State how the Egyptians' belief in life after death led to the development of their art.



This question was poorly attempted by candidates and most of the few that attempted it deviated from the subject matter and discussed the preservation of dead kings.

Some of the following points were expected from candidates' responses:
Egyptians from time immemorial believe in life after death. This belief led to the idea of looking for means of immortalizing their deads, as death means the beginning of a new life. Statues and paintings of kings, Queens and Nobles were made and placed in the tomb of the deceased. All the art works were made to show records of activities of the dead during his life-time. These activities/experiences were to be continued in the world beyond. Sculptures were carved from hard and durable materials like stone and marble thereby giving the dead more comfortable eternal life. Sculptures were carved in relief and in the round. Kings were treated like gods with statues carved in the calmness and dignity ofa king. Paintings which were made on walls of the temples and tombs show pictures of important people at their works e.g. harvesting, hunting, driving cattle, feeding geese, etc. They used brilliant colours to make the finishing appear fresh to buttress their belief in life after death.
The gigantic pyramids, temples and tombs were made to house the mummies of their dead Pharaohs.
The idea of this technique of preservation is based on the belief that life continues uninterrupted after death.


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