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Hereafter

Hereafter

In the twilight of his life,
the high-ranking Egyptian
was buried within a hypogeum
dug to the west of the Nile Valley.

A vast stone edifice
often adorned with inscriptions
relating to the sky, to constellations,
even sometimes equipped with a boat.

Signs of an upcoming sailing
– a real odyssey leading to convey
the soul of the deceased on the way
of rebirth, between Sirius and Orion.

To this end, celestial navigation charts
were engraved next to the sacred texts,
specifying each one of the key moments
punctuating the cycle of the deified stars :

their appearances, their culminations,
their temporary disappearances
below the circle of the horizon.
Invisible, they travelled

along the body of a divinity :
Nut (the Sky), then reappeared
living, in the glowing of the Ascending,
followed by the resurrected deceased.

Hereafter

Information relating to this photography:

  • Photographic conditions :
    • [Funerary bark] Fuji X-E2 + Fujinon Lens XF 35mm F1.4 R - F/1.4 - 1/25 second - ISO 200
    • [Sky] Fuji X-E2 + Fujinon Lens XF 35mm F1.4 R + HOYA R72 - F/2 - 1 second - ISO 1250
  • Processing tools of the photographs : RAW file converter EX powered by Silkypix 3.2.19.0 + GIMP 2.8.10
  • Optimization of the display : 180 px/in + MozJPEG

Keywords : resurrection, ancient Egypt, inscriptions relating to the sky, funerary bark, Labit Museum, Toulouse, celestial navigation charts, sky goddess Nut

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Note : This photographic composition was chosen to appear on the front cover of two Egyptology journals published in 2020: i-Medjat n°15 and Les Cahiers Caribéens d'Egyptologie n°24-25. It is a tribute to their founder, Alain Anselin, who passed away too soon.

Cahiers Caribéens d'égyptologie
i-Medjat