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Tutankhamun's Tomb Innermost Coffin. Digital image. Albertis-window. N.p., 12 June 2012. Web. 16 Nov. 2015.
How did the ancient Egyptians' beliefs influence artistic decisions about the form of Tutankhamun's sarcophagus in the attached image?
Ancient Egyptians' belief in reincarnation was the foundation for the sarcophagus' form being of a masculine figure.
The ancient Egyptians' religious belief in the afterlife caused the artists to create three sarcophagi for Tutankhamun's mummy to be encased inside of for protection.
Due to their beliefs that the Pharaoh was descended from the gods, sarcophagi were made to symbolically represent each pharaoh as a god.
Their belief that the Pharaoh represented the gods on earth influenced the decision to add gold and other precious materials to Tutankhamun's sarcophagus.