Litany of Re with Scenes of Anubis

Litany of Re with Scenes of Anubis

Besides the litanies of Re, we find the vignette of Chapter 151 of the Book of the Dead. It represents the mummification of the dead king under the protection of Anubis, Isis, Nephthys and the …

Tomb Chapel of Queen Meresankh III

Tomb Chapel of Queen Meresankh III

“She held the royal titles of King’s Daughter and King’s Wife, Great of Scepter. On April 23, 1927 the tomb was discovered and excavated by George Reisner. with subsequent excavations undertaken by his team on …

Illustrated Book of Gates

Illustrated Book of Gates, Tomb of Ramesses IV

In the upper register are two bodies of water, probably versions of the Lake of Fire, guarded by cobras and jackal-headed humans. In the central register is the snake of time Hiririet in a pit, …

Tomb of Queen Nefertari

Tomb of Queen Nefertari

Interior of the vestibule within the tomb of Queen Nefertari. At center is the entrance to a larger room known as the First east side annexe. Nefertari Meritmut, who lived around 1300-1255 BC, was the …

Shrine of King Taharqa

Shrine of King Taharqa

Taharqa’s shrine is part of a temple built at Kawa in about 680 BC. It was built on the orders of Taharqa who was King from 690 – 664 BC. The shrine was dedicated to …

Workers' strike at Deir el-Medina

Workers’ strike at Deir el-Medina

Even though they regarded the king as a kind of living god, Egyptian workers were not afraid to protest for better working conditions. The most famous example came in the 12th century B.C. during the …

The Mummification Process

The Mummification Process

Ancient Egyptian embalming process. A Historical artwork of ancient Egyptians removing abdominal organs and gut before embalming. After death the ancient Egyptians would immerse the body in bicarbonate of soda, inject the arteries with balsams, …

Scene of the Amduat

Scene of the Amduat

Decorations show a scene from the Amduat or “Book of What is in the Underworld”, detail of a wall carving in the second corridor of the Tomb of Ramesses IX (KV6). New Kingdom, Ramesside Period, 20th …

The Mummy of Amenhotep II

Mummy of King Amenhotep II

View of the mummy of King Amenhotep II (r. ca. 1427-1401 BC) in the king’s original sarcophagus. Tomb of Amenhptep II (KV35), Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. His mummy was discovered still inside its …

The Burial Chamber of King Seti I

The Burial Chamber of King Seti I

The vaulted ceiling of Seti I’s lower burial chamber represents the firmament and the stars within it. Different constellations from the night sky—including Ursa Major, which is a bull in ancient Egyptian cosmology (right)—appear, positioned …