Sarcophagus Lid of Setau

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 21 July 2016

Setau, a viceroy of Nubia for Ramesses II, assumes the pose of Osiris, god of the afterlife. His crossed hands claps a djed (right) and tit (left), symbols of performance and life linked to Osiris and consort Isis. Below, the sky goddess Nut protects his body with her wings. Some of the gods mentioned in the text are shown receiving Setau's worship: Osiris (twice), the mummification god Anubis (jackal-headed), and the protector of the lungs called Hapy (baboon-headed). Isis and Nephthys mourn at the foot end. 19th Dynasty, reign of Ramesses II, circa 1279-1213 BCE. From the tomb of Setau (no. 289) at Dra Abu el-Naga, Thebes, Egypt. (The British Museum, London).

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About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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