Universal Order: Ma'at

Aakheperure

Bangalee, Australia

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Hail, Usekhnemt, who comes from Heliopolis: I have not committed sin.
Hail, Fenti, who comes from Hermopolis: I have not stolen.
Hail Amkhaibit, who comes from Qernet: I have not slain man or woman.
Hail Arfiemkhet who comes from Asyut: I have not stolen property of God.
I belong to Ma’at.

Ma’at: the embodiment of Order, Justice and Harmony holds up the heavens, above which is the winged sun disc of Ra, supported by Was sceptres, symbolising strength and dominion. Ma’at has ankhs on her arms, representing the good life that the adherence to Ma’at brings. Ma’at stands on a palace, which represents earthly order. All Egyptian rulers were obliged to live by the codes of Ma’at. On either side of the palace are papyrus and lotus blossom stands representing Upper and Lower Egypt and the river lies beneath. Ma’at has no temples, she is the embodiment of an ideal. The text is selections from the “Negative Confession” from the Book of the Dead (written in retrograde using a Tuthmose IV era script) one must make when the gods sit in judgement. During this rite, your heart is weighed against Ma’at’s feather of Truth.

Date: 2012
Media: Sennelier ink and paint on papyrus, text using handmade stylus

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