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Weighing of the heart, Egyptian Book of the Dead

Weighing of the heart, Egyptian Book of the Dead

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Weighing of the heart, Egyptian Book of the Dead. Scene from the funerary papyrus for Nany, a Singer of Amun, showing the weighing of the heart that is used to judge the dead in the afterlife. Nany is at left, with Isis at far left. The god Osiris is at right. The jackal-headed Anubis is at centre. The baboon on the scales represents Thoth, the god of wisdom. Nany's heart (on left-hand scale) has been successfully weighed against Mat (goddess of justice and truth), who is the small figure on the right-hand scale. Across top, Nany meets falcon god Horus, and stands by her own tomb. This papyrus dates from the Third Intermediate Period (Dynasty 21), from around 1050 BC, during the reign of Psusennes I and Psusennes II. The papyrus was excavated in 1928-29 from the Tomb of Meritamun (MMA 65 at Deir el-Bahri, Thebes, Upper Egypt.

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