Thursday, July 2, 2009

The Tomb of Tuthmose III (Part 2)

This scene from the Litany of Re in the Tomb of Tuthmose III shows Kheper pushing the sun along (the beatle with the red disk in the lower left of the picture) and an enemy of the sun god is shown tied to a stake.

I mentioned in the previous post that I think that drawings on the walls imitate a a papyrus copy of the texts in question. If you look at this picture you can see that the hieroglyphs are drawn in a very cursive manner, much as they would be written on a papyrus. The same can be seen in the second photo, which shows the Pharaoh rowing a boat in the underworld, with Isis standing in the boat behind him.
Photos Copyright John Freed 2009

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