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Heavy-Hearted by RJDaae Heavy-Hearted by RJDaae
Anubis would weigh the heart of the deceased against a feather, the symbol of Maat, the goddess of truth and justice. If the heart did not balance perfectly, too heavy or too light with the sins of the person's life, it would be tossed to Ammit --a ferocious creature who had the head of a crocodile, the back half of a hippopotamus, and the front half of a lioness-- to devour.
And the dead would cease to exist.


This painting is currently entered in the 'Story Coming to Life Contest', by =Iwien: [link]


My entry for the Myths & Legends Illustration Contest: [link]

I chose Egyptian mythology: the 'Weighing of the Heart', a judgement ritual believed by the ancient Egyptians to occur after a person's death.
This particular person didn't lead quite the life that they should have. Ammit doesn't mind, but Thoth looks rather disappointed.

I'd been wanting to do an illustration of this for awhile, and the Mythology contest gave me just the right inspiration to finally do so. :)

Acrylic on Bristol board, 14 x 17 inches

Top half detail: [link]
Ammit detail: [link]
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:iconlugia20711:
Lugia20711 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Student Writer
Yum yum... human hearts for dinner.

Great job!
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Ilite Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing detail and colour! I especially like the detail of the heart including the various veins and arteries, and each person has their own clear emotion and action. Faved!
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RJDaae Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconrobot-chimera-attack:
ammut reminds me of two other monsters, the chimera because it's three animals in one, and cerberus because it feeds on the damned souls
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Winged-Isis Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Hobbyist
*** Great image! Beautiful artwork *** Amon ***
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:iconrjdaae:
RJDaae Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Kestanesus Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks really neat, the details in it are totally great! The background looks pretty cool, as well. :D
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:iconrjdaae:
RJDaae Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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uddelhexe Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Scene good catched! The dark atmosphere fits the fact, that the heart was to havy and will be eaten now.
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:iconrjdaae:
RJDaae Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Tozoku--Kitsune Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really really nice. o3o

Ammit looks kind of...cute...if that's even possible!! XD But I kinda went "awww how cute" when I saw her. XD
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:iconrjdaae:
RJDaae Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, she's pretty cute here! :aww:
Glad you like it!
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Ealaain Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Student General Artist
sweet! I just love ancient Egypt and pretty much everything about it! this is great! :D
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RJDaae Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Ealaain Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Student General Artist
you're welcome! :D
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Legendary-Airliners Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome work!
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RJDaae Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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OrangeAmel Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
I've only read that if the heart would be too heavy Ammit would eat it. It should be lighter to prove he or she was without sins.
Regarding the painting, it's really cool - I like the pose of the dead
Egyptian (win!) as well as Thot's. The colours are deep, it suits the subject :]
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RJDaae Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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snowy-huskywolf Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is really good, I really Love the background and Anubis!!
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RJDaae Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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snowy-huskywolf Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
No problem ^^
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MyWorld1 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nicely done! :D
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RJDaae Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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MyWorld1 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome:)
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tiGGlet Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
great detail~~ I like the colors.
Ammit looks so adorable (i was guessing what he was before reading your comments ♥) and the poor evil person looks so remorseful crying in the back.
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RJDaae Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Mollinda Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009   Traditional Artist
The Myths and Legends winners are up - YOU'RE AN HONOURABLE MENTION!

[link]

Congratulations :dummy: :heart:
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RJDaae Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:w00t: Thanks so much! :woohoo:
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morleigh13 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
I really like this. It shows the dark side of Ancient Egypt instead of the romanticized, Elizabeth Taylor version.
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RJDaae Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like it, thanks!
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Zanten Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009
I really ADORE all the color variations you used here! Awesome job! :clap:
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RJDaae Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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WinterCabin Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009   General Artist
This is truly stunning! I love Thoth :heart:
I love them all! This is a tuly wonderful picture!
Eventhough the person is heavy with evilness! XD
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RJDaae Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you like it! :D
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WinterCabin Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009   General Artist
You're welcome! I love it! :D
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RipperBlackstaff Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks gorgeous the amount of details is amazing ! I hope you'll win !
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RJDaae Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you!
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RipperBlackstaff Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*hugs*
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VissyCullen Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
It is superb!
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:iconrjdaae:
RJDaae Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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