Tomb painting of Inherkhau worshiping the serpent god Sata

Tomb painting of Inherkhau worshiping the serpent god Sata
Tomb painting of Inherkhau worshiping the serpent god Sata

Tomb painting of Inherkhau worshiping the serpent god Sata, son of the earth and guardian of the underworld.

Snakes were dominantly present in ancient Egyptian mythology. They played a double role, benevolent and malevolent. They could be evoked for curing, protecting and healing but at the very same time cursing and inflicting danger. Sata belonged to the first group. Many deities were pictured in a serpent form.

Tomb of Inherkhau (TT359) vignette of chap. 87 of the Book of the Dead. New Kingdom, 20th Dynasty, Ramesside Period, ca. 1189-1077 BC. Deir el-Medina, West Thebes.

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