The judgement of Ani
This is the judgement scene from a Book of the Dead. It was in the tomb of a man named Ani. This scene is painted on papyrus and was made about 1275 BC.
Ani and Tutu
Ani and Tutu, his wife, come into the judgement area. Will Ani pass the test when his heart is weighed?
Which is lighter?
Ani’s heart (on the left hand side of the scale) is weighed against the feather of truth (on the right). If it balances or if it is lighter, he will pass into the afterlife.
The scary devourer!
If his heart is heavier it will be eaten by the devourer and he will become nothing. The devourer is part-hippo, part-leopard and part-crocodile.
The soul of Ani
Ani’s soul-bird (a bird with a human head) watches anxiously.
Scribe of the gods
The god Thoth, who has the head of an ibis bird, writes down the outcome of the judgement.
Watching from above
At the top, twelve gods make sure everything is fair. In front of them is a table with offerings of food and incense.
Setting the balance
The god Anubis checks the scales to make sure they are properly balanced before the weighing begins.
The final judgement
Ani’s heart is found to be lighter than the feather – he has passed the judgement! Now the sun god (called Ra) will lead him to meet Osiris, god of death and rebirth, and he will have eternal life.