Themes in Art

Funerary Artwork

One of the oldest and richest of art traditions, funerary art is any object created to venerate, commemorate, or sometimes contain, the dead. This includes tombs, from prehistory’s megalithic dolmen and burial mounds to pyramids, memorial portraits like the moai of Easter Island or the many cultures who dabbled in sarcophagi resembling the dead. Conteporary cenotaph monuments emulate the style of tombs, and a fun additional designation is that of “grave goods” or objects placed within tombs, which can be pretty much anything the afterlife might require.

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