The Weighing of the Heart and Judgment by Osiris

The Weighing of the Heart and Judgment by Osiris

Date ca. 1285 BCE

Movement Egyptian | New Kingdom | 19th Dynasty

Medium Painted papyrus

Dimensions height 15.5″

Provenance Valley of the Kings, Egypt

Housed at Egyptian Museum, Cairo


In one of many copies of The Book of the Dead that became popular amongst the elite Egyptian class starting in the Middle Kingdom, we can see here in this continuous narrative the scribe Hunefer as he navigates the afterworld. Guided by Anubis, his heart is weighed against ma’at, while Ammut looks on and Thoth takes note; above, Hunefer testifies to upholding ma’at during his life to each of the deities portrayed, and is then guided by Horus to Osiris; above in this pavilion, Horus, in the form of the udjat eye, presents the favorable judgment of ma’at.