Friday, 16 November 2007

Illustration Friday - scale


This is Anubis - Egyptian protector of the underworld. After they died, an Egyptian's heart would be weighed on a 'scale' by Anubis, against the "feather of Ma'at" (the feather of truth/justice), and then judged by Osiris (the god of life and death). A pure heart would be equal in weight to that of the feather of Ma'at, and the person would be able to live for the rest of eternity in peace. If the person's heart was heavy with burdon, however, it would weigh more than the feather of Ma'at, and the Egyptian with the heavy heart would be fed to Osiris' vicious baboon, Babi or fed to Ammit, the "bone devourer". In the event that a heart was lighter than the feather of Ma'at, that Egyptian would be sent to an area of Duat called "Aaru", a realm ruled by Osiris where Egyptians could exist in pleasure for all eternity.
I find Egyptian mythology very interesting, and decided that this would be a perfect interperatation for this weeks theme 'scale'.

17 comments:

VANMO said...

This is a very original idea and I like the description. Btw: your 'famous' portraits are wonderful!

dintoons said...

interesting story, and a neat charming illustration to go with it!! btw, the first thing that struck my mind for IF's theme was the idea of the weight balance, but wasnt quite sure how to do it... you've done a great job!! ;o)

Heather said...

you did your research on this one, great illustration.

libra bear said...

Hey lauren, thanks for visiting my blog. You have sime nice stuff. I really like you r portraits. Always find that difficult. keep up the great work

mushroommeadows said...

What a marvelous scale idea! Very nice.

Oh by the way, I love your Johnny Depp work from your previous entries.

Focus_ret said...

Nice! I like the way the color of the god's head relates to the hieroglyphics.

Lauren Kate said...

Thank you all so much for your kind works!
And, I am so glad that you like my portraits too, I really should do some more of those soon :)

David DeGrand said...

Great illustration! You should do a whole book!

this just in said...

That's a lovely rendering of Egyptian art. I'm so inspired by those old hieroglyphics too! This piece strikes a nice balance (pun intended).

Thanks for your comments! :)

Rrramone said...

You really did this because libras rock, didn't you? ;-)

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Anonymous said...

Is this an original picture of anibus by you? I like the way you took it from the original historical drawing and kind of added a bright color to highlight the original drawing. Can i re-use your photo as a cover to my book?

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