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Explore highlights from Te Papa’s Egyptian collection that appear in Egypt: Beyond the Tomb.

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Ba Bird

Ba bird

The ancient Egyptians believed that a dead person's ba, or soul, continued to exist after their death.
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Ka figure with vandalised face

Ka figure with vandalised face

In ancient Egypt, the ka was the actual life force of a person, symbolised by a pair of raised open arms.
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Overseer shabti

Mummiform shabtis

The ancient Egyptians believed that the afterlife involved compulsory manual labour. To avoid this work, many Egyptians included shabtis in their tombs.
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Osiris figure forgery with royal attributes

Forgery of a royal shabti

Shabtis (funerary statuettes) have always been popular souvenirs for visitors to Egypt.
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Mummified Ibis

Mummified ibis

This mummy contains an ibis bird - an animal sacred to Thoth, god of the moon, magic, and writing.
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