Scene from King Tutankhamun's burial chamber

Scene from King Tutankhamun’s burial chamber

This scene from the north wall of Tutankhamun’s burial chamber shows the brown “freckling” of the paintings that may have resulted when the tomb was hastily painted and sealed, trapping moisture. The scene is unique …

Anubis before embalmed Amennakht

Anubis before embalmed Amennakht

Detail of a wall painting depicts Anubis before embalmed Amennakht, from Tomb of Servant in Place of Truth Amennakht (TT218). New Kingdom, 19th Dynasty, ca. 1292-1189 BC. Deir el-Medina, West Thebes.

Wall Paintings in the Tomb of Queen Nefertari

Wall Paintings in the Tomb of Queen Nefertari

The tomb of Queen Nefertari, Valley of the Queens, West Thebes, is one of the best preserved and most ornately decorated of all known tombs. The image shows a wall and ceiling within the burial …

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 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 …

Fragment of Paving from Tell el-Amarna

Fragment of Paving from Tell el-Amarna

A number of fragments of paving decorated with high quality paintings of plants and animals come from the South social hierarchy. The symbolism of aquatic plants and papyrus as being the first forms of life …

Scene of Amduat inside the Tomb of Tutankhamun

Inside the Tomb of Tutankhamun

The burial chamber’s west wall depicts an extract from the Book of Amduat or “What is in the Underworld”. Twelve baboon deities represent the twelve hours of the night through which the sun travels before …

Guardians of the Underworld bearing knives

Guardians of the Underworld bearing knives

Taken from Spell 144 of the ‘Book of the Dead’, they were the keepers of the gates of the Underworld, menacing the enemies of order with their sharpened knives. Detail of wall painting from the …

The Journey of the Sun god Amun-Re

The Journey of the Sun God Amun-Re

Wall painting depicting the sun boat with the god Amun-RaRin his ram-headed form, detail of a wall carving from Tomb of Seti I (KV17). New Kingdom,19th Dynasty, reign of Seti I, ca. 1292-1279 BC. Valley …

Litany of Re: Depiction of Re-Osiris

When Re was in the underworld, he merged with Osiris, the god of the dead, and through it became the god of the dead as well. The union of the gods Re and Osiris (in …