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Seated God


   The Egyptians most frequently depicted their gods as seated, with their knees drawn up close to their chest and their arms so tightly drawn around their bodies that they are not even drawn. Sometimes, the Egyptians would depict particularly respected humans this way as well, but the pose is restricted mainly to representing the dead whenever it is used to represent a person, since a person is to be revered once they're dead. The pose represents a stability and imperturbability that characterizes a life lived according to Ma'at, or "truth."

The god that dominates this picture, of course, is Re, the sun-god; he is travelling in his solar barque through the underworld and will, in the course of time, emerge into the upper world in the form of "morning."

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1997, Richard Hooker
Updated 4-8-97