Ancient Egyptian artisans created works of art and ornamental furnishings primarily for the noble and wealthy of Egypt. Because so many of the items they crafted went into Egyptian tombs, archaeologists have a very good record of what the top tier of artisans created.Know More
The ancient Egyptians loved their beautiful things, and an entire class of workmen developed around creating them. Builders of furniture, crafters of jewelry and grooming tools, weavers and seamstresses all found a place in the artisan hierarchy. Artisans generally passed their trades from parent to child. In some cases, artisans were brought together in enough numbers to populate entire towns, as in regions near burial sites, important temples or royal palaces.
These artisans were cognizant of their high status. During the 20th dynasty of the New Kingdom, artisans staged the first workers' strike when they did not get supplies for making beer. They won.Learn more about Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egyptian priests wore simple clothes of linen, with white papyrus shoes. Other materials, such as wool, were prohibited. Some sects, such as mortuary priests, were permitted to wear other items.Full Answer >
Although soldiers at the beginning of Egypt's New Kingdom period wore no armor, they began to wear bronze or leather helmets and armor after they defeated Hyksos. Around the same time, they went from using primitive weapons to more effective weapons like spears, swords and daggers.Full Answer >
The Ancient Egyptians used a few types of coffins, including the cartonnage mummy case, anthropoid coffin and sarcophagus derived from the Greek words "sarx" and "phagien" for "flesh-eating." Body parts were placed inside canopic jars.Full Answer >
The highest of all ancient Egyptian nobility, the pharaoh, was seen as the go-between for the gods and the world of humanity, and pharaohs thus had a matching extravagance in their lifestyles that far exceeded the royalty of most other kingdoms that have come into existence since. Lower nobility was known for lavish practices, such as burying their pets in luxurious graves, and similar practices allegorical to modern culture.Full Answer >