New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty (1570-1293 B.C.)
Roemer and Pelizaeus Museum, Hildesheim
Magnificent relief of a tomb with the image of various women in procession, richly dressed, carrying birds, a gazelle, a calf, fruit, bread and bouquets of lotus flowers. These are offerings in favor of the deceased, in close connection with a festive or funerary banquet to perpetuate life in the underworld.
The Egyptians developed complex mortuary rituals to preserve the body, release the soul and set it on its way, ensuring that the deceased arrived safe and sound at their destination in the Afterlife. These rituals encouraged the healthy expression of grief among the living but ended with a feast celebrating the life of the deceased and their departure, emphasizing that death was not the end but rather a continuation.