Merle S. Insinga
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Merle S. Insinga
 The Weighing of the Heart 
The Weighing of the Heart
"A Trip to the Afterlife"
By Joan Hunt
Cricket (August, 1998)
Media: Colored ink on papyrus
The heart weighing scene is one of the most frequently depicted images in manuscripts of ancient spells known as The Egyptian Book of the Dead. I've wondered about that. What was is that made this tableaux appeal so much to the ancient Egyptians? Was it the monster Ammit, waiting to gobble up the sinner's heart? Was it Anubis kneeling carefully at the scales? Thoth poised to write down the results? The image possesses more emotional tension than any other in Egyptian art.