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Funeral papyrus with figures


Funeral papyrus with figures, Twenty-first Dynasty (probably second half of)
Turin, Museo delle Antichità Egizie, Cat. 1770

This is one of the "mythological papyri" that begin to appear in funeral trappings after the New Kingdom, along with the better known Book of the Dead. It shows four scenes with figures: the deceased adoring the god Osiris; the four funeral gods known as the "Sons of Horus"; a depiction of the cosmogony with the god Shu (probably the god of light), the Sun's firstborn son, separating the sky goddess Nut (in an arched pose) from the Earth god Gheb, while below we see the Sun god Horus seated in his boat. The fourth picture includes figures from the Book of the Dead.