• 17th April
    2013
  • 17

Weighing of the heart against the feather of truth, c.1250 BCE, painted papyrus . This scene is found in every Book of the Dead

More typical of the Egyptian attitude to art are the many surviving examples of the parchment known as the Book of the Dead. this was a book of spells , placed in a tomb and intended to guide the dead through the after world.
Not only are the figures - gods and humans- depicted following exact conventions, but the hieroglyphs inserted above and between them, themselves essentially pictorial, contain equally precise and detailed instructions.

Pantheon of Egyptian gods headed by Horus

the god thoth records the result of the weighing of the heart

the deceased is ushered into the hall of judgement

the heart 
being weighed on the scale of Maat against the feather of truth

Anubis, the jackal-heaed god supervises the weighing of the heart

The “Eater of the Dead”, a monster that swallows the heart of the deceased of it proves too heavy

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