Weighing of the Heart Scene from the Book of the Dead

I like the style of this depiction of the Weighing of the Heart – the elegance of the lines and the delicate shading to distinguish the clothing and wigs of the various deities. And the pleats in the linen kilt that the deceased is wearing are clearly marked out as well.

It’s a piece that rewards looking at the details – the little adjustment weight that Horus is reaching for is shaped like a heart. Thoth appears twice in the scene, once as an ibis-headed man recording the result of the Judgement and once as a little baboon on top of the scales.

And the Devourer, Ammut, has teats and even little teeth. The edge of her feather of Ma’at is also shaded to look like the fringe of a feather. She’s not looking towards the deceased, but instead appears to be eyeing the offering table to the left with a toothy grin.

Weighing of the Heart Scene from the Book of the Dead

This piece of papyrus is in the Cairo Museum (as of 2016) but had no label so I don’t know how old it is nor who it belonged to.

See it on my photo site: https://photos.talesfromthetwolands.org/picture.php?/644/

Jigsaw puzzles:
easier: https://www.jigsawplanet.com/?rc=play&pid=36dd663a2523
harder: https://www.jigsawplanet.com/?rc=play&pid=39571bef3256