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Egyptian goddesses Ma'at and Serket

Egyptian goddesses Ma'at and Serket

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Egyptian goddesses Ma'at and Serket. These depictions of mythological deities were painted in the tomb of Queen Nefertari. The winged goddess Ma'at (left) is the symbol of truth, order, law, morality and justice. Serket (right) is a deification of the scorpion and is considered a protector against poisons. Queen Nefertari lived around 1300-1255 BC and was the first wife of the Egyptian pharaoh Ramses II. Her tomb was rediscovered in 1904 by the Italian archaeologist Ernesto Schiaparelli. It is located in the Valley of the Queens, near the ancient city of Thebes, Egypt. It is one of the best preserved and most ornate of all known tombs. In 2003 the tomb was closed to the general public.

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