Tomb of Perneb
Saqqara, end of Dynasty 5, ca. 2465-2323 B.C.
Limestone (partially painted), h. 16 ft. 7/8 in.
Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1913
Egyptians buried their dead in tombs. They were buried with jewelry, pottery, food, and statues. The statues were placed in the tomb as places for the ba and ka to rest. The ka is a bird with a human head. The ba is the ghost twin of the dead person. The Egyptians believed everyone had a ba and a ka.
To find out more about Egyptian burial rites you may visit the following sites
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Egyptian Tombs of the New Kingdom
Time and Eternity in Ancient Egypt