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Artifacts on tomb interior at Deir El-Medina “Thebes” being lit by use of mirrors to reflect the sunlight deep into the tomb. Luxor, Egypt

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Lighting inside Egyptian tomb

Ancient Egyptians used mirrors to reflect the sun into a second mirror which directed the sunlight inside the tomb. This solution made it possible for the sculptors and artisans to see while working inside the tomb.

 

Interior of tomb at Deir El-Medina "Thebes"

Artifact on interior tomb wall at Deir El-MedinaThebes” lit by sunlight reflected on two handheld mirrors

Ancient Egyptians used two hand held mirrors to capture the sunlight and direct it inside and onto interior tomb walls.  This made it possible for sculptors and artisans to work on hieroglyphs and pictographs within the dark interiors.  Deir El-Medina, “Thebes” is the location of tombs for many  artisans who built tombs for the pharaohs.

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