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King with Sistra (Rattles) before Hathor

Music could appease deities, including goddesses. Here, in a setting of the world bounded by hieroglyphs for earth and heaven, a king as dutiful son stands with sistra before one form of "his mother," the goddess Hathor. As is characteristic of Egyptian goddesses, she holds a papyrus scepter, a symbol of vigor and renewal, and grants the king the "lifetime of Re" and "the years of Atum," meaning eternal life.


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