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African Cosmos: Stellar Arts

Mummy board

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Mummy board

According to Egyptologist Lana Troy, this image was designed to cover the mummy of a woman who served as a singer in the temple of the creator/sun god Amun-Red, the most important Theban god. In hieroglyphic inscriptions carved into the tomb, she asks the sky goddess Nut to spread her wings over her so that she may ascent to the heavens and join the stars.

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