Relief with Netherworld Deities
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
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.
ca. 1332-1250 B.C.E.
late XVIII Dynasty-early XIX Dynasty
10 3/4 x 24 x 2 5/8 in., 41.5 lb. (27.3 x 61 x 6.7 cm, 18.82kg) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Relief with Netherworld Deities, ca. 1332-1250 B.C.E. Limestone, 10 3/4 x 24 x 2 5/8 in., 41.5 lb. (27.3 x 61 x 6.7 cm, 18.82kg). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1487E. Creative Commons-BY
overall, 37.1487E_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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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.
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