Category: mythology

Scene from Book of the Dead, Tutankhamun’s…

Scene from Book of the Dead, Tutankhamun’s third outermost gilded shrine.

The Farnese Cup: head of Medusa, Egyptian, c…

The Farnese Cup: head of Medusa, Egyptian, ca. 175 AD (intaglio/sardonyx).  Now in the National Archaeological Museum, Naples.

Sphinx, frontispiece to ‘Hieroglyphes …

Sphinx, frontispiece to ‘Hieroglyphes et Poemes’ by Rey de Gourment, 1894

Henri De Groux (Belgian, 1867-1930)

Statuette of the god Ptah, the demiurge of…

Statuette of the god Ptah,

the demiurge of Memphis, patron of craftsmen and architects

(gold and bronze). Late Period, ca. 664-332 BC. Now in the Louvre.

Fragment of a coffin, Anubis and the Ba bird…

Fragment of a coffin, Anubis and the Ba bird ‘soul’ of the deceased.

Paint, stucco, and varnish on wood. Overall: 22 ¼ x 10 ¾ in. (56.5 x 27.3 cm)

Third Intermediate Period,

ca. 1075-712 BC.

Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia

Amulet of the God Nehebkau  Nehebkau, often d…

Amulet of the God Nehebkau 

Nehebkau, often depicted as a male with a snake head, was originally the explanation of the cause of binding of Ka and Ba after death. Thus his name, which means (one who) brings together Ka. Since these aspects of the soul were said to bind after death, Nehebkau was said to have guarded the entrance to Duat, the underworld.

Gold, 2 x 1 x .75 cm (¾ x 3/8 x 5/16 in.). Late Period to Ptolemaic Period, ca. 664-30 BC. Now in the Art Institute of Chicago.

Damned who are beheaded, turned upside down, a…

Damned who are beheaded, turned upside down, and painted blood red by their executioners. Book of Earth, detail in burial chamber of Tomb of Ramesses VI

(KV9). New Kingdom, 20th Dynasty, ca. 1189-1077 BC. Valley of the Kings, West Thebes.

The Egyptian God Bes, from a fountain (mar…

The Egyptian God Bes, from a fountain

(marble). Roman Period, ca. 130 AD. Now in the Fitzwiliam Museum.

Serket, goddess of protection against disease …

Serket, goddess of protection against disease and poison.

She is often depicted as a woman with a scorpion gracing her crown. Detail of a wall painting from the Tomb of Nefertari (QV66).

New Kingdom, 19th Dynasty, ca. 1292-1189 BC. Valley of the Queens, West Thebes.

Worship of the Apis bull, by Heinrich Leutem…

Worship of the Apis bull, by Heinrich Leutemann (1824-1905), via NYPL