Figure 1: Weighing of the heart. | Nature

Figure 1: Weighing of the heart.

From: Hand of the gods in human civilization

Figure 1

The Trustees of the British Museum

This papyrus manuscript, a detail from the ancient Egyptian 'Book of the Dead' called Papyrus of Ani, depicts a scene in which the dead Ani's heart is weighed against a feather, representing Maat, goddess of truth and justice. At the top of the scene are the great Egyptian gods, ready to pronounce judgment on whether Ani should be granted entrance to the afterlife or banished to the underworld.

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