The blog “Hair and Death in Ancient Egypt” started in May 2013 as a way of transmiting the results of my research about the mourning rite in the funerary ceremony of Ancient Egypt. Especially base on Egyptian art and religious exts.

Hair and Death in Ancient Egypt. Maria Rosa Valdesogo At the beginning the posts were about the progessions on the research and the final conclusions which formed my doctoral thesis. Nowadays I write regularly about many different aspects of the funerary ceremony of Ancient Egypt in general and the Egyptian mourning rite in particular, and all of them are based on Egyptian art.

The images that Ancient Egyptians have bequeathed us, are one of the biggest sources of information for Egyptian civilization. For that reason, little by little I will introduce more topics about Egyptian art. Although the name “Hair and Death in Ancient Egypt” remains as my identity sign.

My intention is to transmit the knowledge of Ancient Egypt from the Egyptian art to a wider audience, with an easy language, but academic, that is, a  popular science blog.


  1. Great work, mourning rite was obviously documented at the tomb of Raamose in Western Luxor, but during your research have you found another tombs with the same subject? Thanks

    1. Hi Atef,

      Thank you very much for your kind words. Of course, there are some other tombs with scenes of the mourning rite. If you refer to tombs with the gestures with the hair during the mourning rite, you can find it in the tomb of Mereruka in Saqqara, tomb of Idu in Giza; in Gourna we have the tombs of Rekhmire (TT100), Minnakht (TT87), Amenemhat (TT82) and Ineni (TT81), also in el-Kab we have a very good image of the tomb of Renni.

      But the gestures with the hair are also documented in some other media, such as coffins, papyri, estelae or ostraka.

      You can find more information on the book: “Hair and Death in Ancient Egypt: The Mourning Rite in the Times of the Pharaohs” :

      Thank you.

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