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Painted Papyrus of Anubis
The god of embalming and cemeteries, Anubis is usually
depicted as a jackal or a man with the head of a jackal.
Since jackals were common scavengers in Egyptian burial
sites, the honouring of Anubis in this guise may have
represented a way of protecting the dead from molestation.
Anubis was an ancient deity to whom prayers for the
survival of the deceased in the Afterlife were addressed
before Osiris rose to prominence as the god of the
dead. Anubis continued to assist in the judgement
of the dead and accompanied the deceased to the throne
of Osiris for the ritual of the
Weighing of the Heart.
Painted Papyrus of Bastet
Bastet, the cat goddess, was worshipped in the ancient
city of Per-Bastet (Bubastis). Although Bastet was a
local deity, she was of great importance to the kings
of Egypt. Cat-like, she had both gentle and fierce aspects
to her nature. To the ancient Egyptians, the cat epitomized
the protective aspects of motherhood, so Bastet was
honoured as one of the mothers of kings.
Painted Papyrus of Egyptian Queens
This papyrus shows Nefertari,
Hatshepsut and Cleopatra.
Painted Papyrus of Horus and Nefertari
The son of Osiris and Isis, Horus was a god of the sky
and is usually depicted as a falcon, or a man with a
falcon's head wearing the crown of all Egypt. Horus's
name means 'He Who is Above' and is probably linked
to his status as a god of the sky and to the high soaring
of the falcon. He is probably most well-known as the
protector of the ruler of Egypt. After Osiris was murdered
by his brother Seth, Horus fought with Seth for the
throne of Egypt. In this battle, Horus lost one of his
eyes. The eye was restored to him and it became a symbol
of protection for the ancient Egyptians. After this
battle, Horus was chosen to be the ruler of the world
of the living.
Nefertari was the favourite wife of Ramesses II,
the first of eight that he married during his long
reign of 67 years. Nefertari seems to have belonged
to a high-ranking family but was not herself royal.
It is thought she originated from Thebes as she is
always called 'Beloved of Mut', Mut being an important
goddess in the Theban area. Although given the title
'Mother of the King' and had several sons, they all
seem to have died before their father.
Painted Papyrus of Isis and Nefertari
Isis was a winged goddess who represented all that was
visible, birth, growth, development and vigour. Having
wings, she was a wind goddess. The kite was sacred to
her, and she could transform herself into this bird
at will. She brought the heavenly scent with her through
the land, leaving lingering scenes of spices and flowers
her wake. She brought fresh air with her into the underworld
when she gave food to the dead. She represented both
the life-giving spring winds of Egypt and the morning
winds that hailed the arrival of the sun each day.
The ancient Egyptians saw Isis as a benevolent goddess,
good and kind. Each pharaoh was her son and Isis loved
all creatures like a mother. She was the chaste and
devoted wife and as a result most highly regarded
among the Egyptian gods. Isis was the daughter of
Nut and Geb and the sister and wife of Osiris. Isis
aided her husband during his reign as the king of
Egypt and searched madly for his body after his death
so that he might be given a proper burial. Isis conceived
her son Horus either through magic or by resurrecting
Osiris. Isis raised Horus in the papyri and lotus
thickets of Chemmis, in the delta area of Lower Egypt
to protect the child from his uncle Seth. Seth wanted
to murder Horus, but Isis hid the child so that some
day he might avenge his fathers death.
Painted Papyrus of Maat and Isis
Ma'at, goddess of truth & justice, kneels before
the great mother goddess Isis, and spreads out her wings
to protect the cartouche containing the name of Queen
Nefertari, favorite wife of Ramesses II.
Painted Papyrus of Nefertiti
Famed throughout the ancient world for her outstanding
beauty, queen Nefertiti remains one of the most well
known of the queens of Egypt. Nefertiti was the Wife
of Akhenaten during the Eighteenth Dynasty. She bore
Akhenaten 6 daughters and no sons, and shared a near
co-rulership with the king. Fifteen years after her
appointment to the position of Queen of Memphis, Nefertiti
mysteriously disappeared. Egyptologists have assumed
that this was either due to banishment or her death.
However, little evidence suggests that she actually
died. Similarly, speculation exists as to whether she
was the obscure pharaoh Nefernefuaten.
The available evidence suggests that she was not
an Egyptian, a striking departure, for the Egyptian
Royal House which, to keep the line pure and to follow
the example of Isis and Osiris, usually married the
princes and the princesses to each other.
Painted Papyrus of an Offering to Re-Horakhty
Ramesses II makes an offering of two nu-pots to Re-Horakhty.
Nu-pots were small round vessels which, when inverted,
were likened to the bowl of the sky, Nut.
Painted Papyrus of Offerings to Isis
Queen Nefertari, wife of King Ramesses II, offering
gifts to the Isis, goddess of love and beauty.
Painted Papyrus of Offerings to Re-Horakhty
Pharaoh Ramesses II and his wife, Queen Nefertari,
make offerings to the Egyptian god Re-Horakhty.
Re-Horakhty is one of the forms of Re, the sun god,
and is identified as a god with a human body and falcon
head who wears a crown in the form of a sun disc surrounded
by a cobra, or a crown made from ram horns and ostrich
To the ancient Egyptians, before the world appeared,
only a dark, watery, void defined by eight gods and
goddesses existed. Then Re, the sun god, rose out
of this primordial water and established land. He
gave birth to the god Shu and the goddesses Tefnet
and Maat, and his tears became mankind. Thus divine
cosmic order came into being.
Re had several aspects: Khepri, the morning; Horakhty,
the midday; and Atum, the afternoon.
Painted Papyrus of Re-Horakhty and Amentet
Amentet was the Egyptian goddess and friend of the dead,
and the personification of the Land of the West, 'Amenti'.
It was she who welcomed the deceased to their new dwelling
place in the netherworld. She was also a goddess who
helped with the rebirthing process, and thus a goddess
of fertility and rebirth, who regenerated the deceased
with food and water.
She was depicted as a beautiful woman as wearing
the standard of the west on her head, carrying a scepter
and the ankh of life in her hands. She is occasionally
seen as a winged goddess, when linked to the goddesses
Isis and Nephthys. The standard of the west is usually
a half circle sitting on top of two poles of uneven
length, the longer of which is tied to her head by
a headband. Often a hawk or an ostrich feather is
seen sitting on top of the standard. Occasionally,
she is shown wearing just the hawk on her head.
She was believed to live in a tree at the edge of
the desert, a place where she could watch the gates
to the underworld. She was often shown not only in
tombs, but on coffins, being a goddess of the dead.
Painted Papyrus of Seti I and Hathor
King Seti I in front of one of the Priests sings rituals,
and behind him stands Goddess Hathor, holding a mace
Seti I was the son of Ramesses I and Queen Sitre.
Like his father before him, Seti was a good military
leader. He plundered Palestine and brought Damascus
back into Egyptian control. He reconciled with the
Hittites who were becoming the most powerful state
in the region. Seti I and his heir, Ramesses II campaigned
against Kadesh. In Karnak he completed his father's
plan by converting the court between the second and
third pylons into a vast hypostyle hall. He built
his vast mortuary complex at Abydos. In Thebes, he
built his tomb, located in the Valley of the Kings.
Cut 300 feet into the cliffs, it was the largest tomb
in the area. Buried with him were over 700 Shabti.
These were carved stone or wooden figures that were
to accompany him to the afterlife to comply with the
requests from the gods.
Hathor was the goddess of joy, motherhood, and love.
She was also the goddess of music and dancing. Dead
women were identified with Hathor, as men were identified
with Osiris. Hathor is usually depicted entirely as
a cow or as a beautiful, slender woman wearing a head-dress
of a pair of cow's horns with a sun disc between them.
Hathor was thought of as the mother of the pharaoh.
Painted Papyrus of Seti I, Osiris and Horus
God of the dead and the Afterlife, as well as rebirth
and fertility, Osiris was usually represented in a mummified
anthropomorphc form, often holding a crook and flail,
and with the atef-crown on his head.
Painted Papyrus of the Great Sphinx at Giza
About 350 meters from Cheops's pyramid stands the Great
Sphinx, known in Arabic as Abu el-hol, which means "Father
of terror". With the body of a lion and the head of
a king, the Great Sphinx at Giza was believed to have
been built in 2500 BC. However there is evidence of
rain-induced weathering. If the weathering is indeed
caused by rain, it would mean that the Sphinx has been
in existence since North Africa had a wet climate -
more than 12,000 years ago! Most Egyptologists regard
the Sphinx as a portrait of the king Khafre, carved
from an outcrop of rock that remained after the quarrying
of limestone for the interior of the Great Pyramid.
The Great Sphinx measures 66 feet high and over 240
feet long. The face of the Sphinx rises 13 feet with
the eyes being 6 feet high. Part of the nose and beard
are now missing, but the beard can still be seen in
the British Museum.
Painted Papyrus of Tutankhamun
King Nebkheperura Tutankhamun is probably the most famous
of all the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, yet he was a short
lived and fairly insignificant ruler during a transitional
period in history.
Little was known of him prior to Howard Carter's
methodical detective work, but the discovery of his
tomb and the amazing contents it held ultimately ensured
this boy king of the Immortality he sought.
It is believed that Akhenaten and a lesser wife named
Kiya were the parents of Tutankhaten, as Tutankhamun
was known at first.
Soon after the deaths of Akhenaten and Smenkhkare,
Tutankhaten became a Boy King at the age of about
nine. He married a slightly older Ankhesenpaaten,
one of the daughters of Akhenaten and Nefertiti.
After the ousting of the Aten power base they changed
their names to Tutankhamun and Ankhesenamun to reflect
the return to favour of the Amun hierarchy.
Due to his young age, Tutankhamun would not have
been responsible for the real decision making. This
would have been handled by two high officials, Ay
(possibly the father of Nefertiti) and Horemheb, commander-in-chief
of the army.
Sometime around the ninth year of Tutankhamun's reign,
possibly 1325 B.C., he died. There is evidence of
an injury to the skull that had time to partly heal.
He may have suffered an accident, such as falling
from his horse-drawn chariot, or perhaps he was murdered.
No one knows. Ay oversaw Tutankhamun's burial arrangements
which lasted 70 days.
Due to Tutankhamun having no heirs, Ay became Pharaoh
and took Ankhesenamun as his queen to legitimise his
rule. What happened to her after that is not known.
Ay ruled for only four years and after his death Horemheb
grabbed power. He soon obliterated evidence of the
reigns of Akhenaten, Tutankhamun and Ay and substituted
his own name on many monuments.
Painted Papyrus of the Weighing of the heart ceremony
The ancient Egyptians believed that, when they died,
they would be judged on their behaviour during their
lifetime before they could be granted a place in the
Afterlife. This judgement ceremony was called the Weighing
of the Heart.
A giant scale would weigh the deceased's heart against
the principle of truth and justice (maat), represented
by a feather, the symbol of the goddess of truth,
order and justice, Maat. If the heart balanced against
the feather then the deceased would be granted a place
in the Fields of Hetep and Iaru. If it was heavy with
the weight of wrongdoings, the balance would sink,
and the heart would be grabbed and devoured by a terrifying
beast that sat ready and waiting by the scales. This
beast was Ammit ('the gobbler'), a composite animal
with the head of a crocodile, the front legs and body
of a lion or leopard and the back legs of a hippopotamus.
Once the heart was devoured, the deceased would cease
to exist - an idea which terrified the ancient Egyptians.
On the far right is the image of the deceased as
he bows to Thoth and Anubis, who will judge his fate.
Thoth is the Ibis headed god who recorded all the
happenings, while Anubis, god of cemetaries and embalming,
On the far left is Re-Horakhty, a combination of
Re (the Sun god) and Horus (the sky god). Hes
seated as King, holding the crook and the flail and
the 'was' scepter of power.
Painted Papyrus of Winged Maat
Ma'at was the personification of the fundamental order
of the universe, without which all of creation would
perish. The primary duty of the pharaoh was to uphold
this order by maintaining the law and administering
justice. To reflect this, many pharaohs took the title
"Beloved of Maat," emphasizing their focus on justice
and truth. At any event in which something would be
judged, Ma'at was said to be present, and her name would
be invoked so that the judge involved would rule correctly
and impartially. Ma'at's presence in all worlds was
universal, and all the gods deferred to her.
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