Friday, May 25, 2012

Finally Framed

Our Egypt trip was over a year ago, but we only just got around to framing the papyrus painting that we bought for our home. This piece is "Final Judgment." The following description is taken from
Here the deceased being lead by Anibus (the jackal) to the final judgment. (Perhaps because of a jackal’s tendency to prowl around tombs, he became associated with the dead) Anubis was worshipped as the inventor of embalming, who had embalmed the dead Osiris, thus helping preserve him in order to live again. His task became to glorify and preserve all the dead. With Anibus leading, the deceased appears before a panel of 14 judges, depicted above him. It is here that he will make an accounting for his deeds during his life. The ankh, the key of life appears in the hands of some of the judges, note Anibus also holds the sacred ankh.

Anibus is then charged with weighing the heart of the deceased in the left against the feather of Ma’at, the goddess of truth and justice in the right tray. If the heart of the deceased outweighs the feather, then it is a heart which has been made heavy with evil deeds… and his ultimate fate would be meeting the god Ammit, the god with the crocodile head and hippopotamus legs will devour the heart, thus condemning the deceased to oblivion for eternity. But if the feather outweighs the heart and the deceased has led a righteous life he is presented to Osiris, the judge of the dead. Thoth, the ibis-headed god of wisdom stands ready to record the outcome. Horus, the god with the falcon head, who is also carrying the ankh, will lead him to Osiris.

Osiris, is shown wearing the crown of Lower Egypt, the north. He holds the symbols of Egyptian kingship in his hands – the shepherd’s crook to symbolize his role as the shepherd of mankind, and the flail, representing is ability to separate the wheat from the chaff. The sacred lotus flower is in front of his throne. The Eye of Horus is holding the outcome of the deceased’s life. Behind him stands his wife Isis, and her sister Nephthys. Together they welcome the deceased to the underworld.

With a 60% off plus 15% coupon in hand, we brought the papyrus to Michael's and spent a chunk of time looking at matting and frame options. In the end, we laid out the piece on a black matte, inlaid enough on the matte to highlight the frayed edges of the papyrus. The next two matte layers added were a complementary blue and gold linen. The frame itself is a textured black and brown we thought was just thick enough to sustain a large piece like this without being too overbearing.
We decided to hang the piece in our hallway across from the coat closet, above a non-existent - but hopefully soon to be purchased - table.
Well worth the wait, we love seeing this as we walk in the door. Slowly but surely our walls are filling up!


  1. wow... LOVE IT!
    I just had to post and let you know how great it looks... excellent choices in color and accents.
    Good job!


  2. How are the colors made? Its not paint right? How come there are so many Hunefer death books?