Sunday, February 5, 2017
Imhotep (Imuthes), Priest of Horus, has a similar scene in his Book of the Dead now at the Met Museum:
The results are announced to Osiris, which appears next in both the mural and the ancient papyrus:
The mural was loosely based on similar scenes in the Book of the Dead, such as this one at Chicago's Oriental Museum:
Further along, after undergoing all the trials, the deceased person's soul is rejuvenated and there is rejoicing:
Here's a similar scene in the tomb of Ramesses I:
"In this scene [above], which celebrates the rejuvenation of the king's ba (*G53) or soul, the written henu hieroglyph is visible in the inscription above the figure next to the king and is clearly mirrored in the larger figures of the representation. The figures are, in fact, simply hieroglyphs made large. In a similar representation from the Eighteenth Dynasty temple at Buhen in Nubia, the falcon-headed gods of Pe are accompanied by an inscription which states 'May they give all life and power...(and) all stability which they have...,' showing that the gesturing figures could sometimes be symbolic of divine gifts." (Wilkinson, _Reading Egyptian Art_, page 17)
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