History Egyptian Maat feather truth Sculptural wall relief www.Neo-Mfg.com 9"
SIZE: 9" x 6.25"
A fragment of a relief depicting the upper part of an image of the goddess Ma’at wearing ostrich feather of truth, a tripartite wig, a wide usekh collar, bracelets, and a tunic supported by shoulder-straps. Her head is surmounted by her emblem, a feather, the symbol of truth and justice.
The inscription says: "Maat, daughter of Ra, who presides on earth in the kingdom of the dead." The feather in her headdress is a symbol of justice, harmony, and truth.
In Egyptian religion, someone who died was not guaranteed a good afterlife. Among the tests he had to pass was for his heart to be weighed on a scale against the feather of Maat. If the heart weighed less, the deceased would have a good afterlife.
The relief comes from the tomb of Pharaoh Sethi I, discovered in the Valley of the Kings during the Italian-French expedition directed by Champollion, decipherer of the hieroglyphics, and by Ippolito Rosellini, ordinary of the first chair of Egyptology in Italy.
Funerary wall relief portrait of the Goddess Maat; limestone; 74 x 47 cm; Dynasty XVIII; Museo Archeologico Nazionale/Museo Egizio; Firenze, Italy.
LAST PHOTO IS THE ORIGINAL IN THE MUSEUM. Included for reference only.
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