Sheet from a Book of the Dead
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
This papyrus is an abridged version of the Amduat, a series of texts and pictures describing the twelve-hour nightly voyage of the sun god (Re) through the Netherworld. During his journey, the sun god faced an array of dangers and presented himself in a series of manifestations that both aided and underscored his triumph over the forces of evil and chaos. Being identified with the sun god was believed to help a deceased person ward off threatening forces in the hereafter.
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