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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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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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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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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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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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