Relief with Netherworld Deities
This relief from the tomb of Yepu, a high official, represents The Book of the Dead, Spell 145, in which the deceased approaches the fourth and sixth gates of the netherworld. The words that the deceased should recite when approaching them are inscribed here along with the gates themselves and guardian deities.
The wealthier the individual, the more these valuable spells would be supplied in multiple, redundant forms; in addition to this relief on his tomb wall, Yepu likely also had a Book of the Dead papyrus to help him remember all of the spells when he reached the netherworld.
- Medium: Limestone
- Geographical Locations:
- Dates: ca. 1332-1250 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: late XVIII Dynasty-early XIX Dynasty
- Period: New Kingdom
- Dimensions: 10 3/4 x 24 x 2 5/8 in. (27.3 x 61 x 6.7 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 37.1487E
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Relief with Netherworld Deities, ca. 1332-1250 B.C.E. Limestone, 10 3/4 x 24 x 2 5/8 in. (27.3 x 61 x 6.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1487E. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Roughly rectangular limestone slab decorated in raised relief. In two panels are represented deities of the Underworld. Framing these panels are columns of inscriptions which, among other things, identify the owner as a man named Yepu. The slab is from a tomb. Condition: Some chips in surface and surface has been rubbed. Black spots evidence of past attack by mould.
- Record Completeness: Best (86%)