Ancient Egyptian burials often included carved wooden figures
to serve the deceased in the afterlife. Typically these figures
were depicted performing tasks which were thought to be required.
These tasks included brewing, baking, farming and butchery.
The figure shown here is the Ka of the lady Mertetes,
from the Royal Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. The Ka was an
important part of the deceased and when someone died it was thought
that it lived on and still required sustenance. For this reason
offerings were left for the ka which it consumed magically.
It was thought that the reunion of the Ka and the Ba
in the underworld transformed the deceased into an Akh,
one of the blessed dead.