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Relief of Hormin with a Weighing of the Heart

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Relief of Hormin with a Weighing of the Heart

This “Relief of Hormin with a Weighing of the Heart” shows the Ancient Egyptian religious belief of the final judgment known as the “Weighing of the Heart”. In this judgment, the gods weighed the actions of the deceased while alive, symbolised by the heart to determine worthiness and destiny in the after-life.

The Ancient Egyptian religion was a complex system of polytheistic beliefs and rituals which were an integral part of ancient Egyptian society. Ceremonies were efforts to gain the god’s favour and the state dedicated enormous resources to Egyptian rituals and to the construction of the temples.

Relief of Hormin with a Weighing of the Heart

  • Title:              Relief of Hormin with a Weighing of the Heart
  • Created:        1290 – 1213 BC
  • Period:          19th Dynasty, Reign of Sety – Ramses II
  • Find-site:      Saqqara, also spelt Sakkara or Saccara, Egypt
  • Media:           Limestone
  • Museum:      The Archaeological Civic Museum (MCA) of Bologna

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“The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.”
– Leonardo da Vinci

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Photo Credit 1) JOM