This second life also depended on the preservation of the body and a supply of food and drink.
In addition, the tomb was decorated with scenes showing agriculture and domesticated animals. It was preferred that the decorations be carved in relief if the tomb was in a location of good quality stone. Otherwise, when the bedrock did not have a smooth surface, the scenes were painted on a layer of plaster, made either of rough gypsum, mud mixed with straw, or brown earth. Such plaster was afterward covered with a finer coat of pure gypsum or a thick colored wash.