Relief of Scarab and Re at the entrance of the Tomb of Seti II

The Litanies of Re became an important part of the decoration of the royal tomb during the Ramesside Period. The Litany of Re is not a guide through the Netherworld, but instead describes the various forms of the sun god, beginning by listing his seventy-five names. 

In this scene from the tomb of Seti II is shown the central image of the title illustration associated with the Litany of Re. It is composed of the globe of the sun, inside which are carved the sun god in two of his guises: his dawn form Khepri, the scarab beetle, and his night form, the ram-headed Re.

Relief of Scarab and Re at the entrance of the Tomb of Seti II
Relief of Scarab and Re, at the entrance of the Tomb of Seti II (KV15). Photographer Zangaki

New Kingdom, 19th Dynasty, ca. 1292-1189 BC. Tomb of Seti II (KV15), Valley of the Kings, West Thebes.

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