Tomb of Userhet Plan, First Prophet, Egypt - Tombs of the Nobles, Luxor. Part V

Although it is not in too good a state of repair, this tomb, belonging to the First Prophet of the Royal Ka of Thutmose I in the reign of Seti I, contains a symbolic scene of such high order of artistic execution that it should on no account be missed.
It is on the right-hand wall of the narrow traverse chamber (a) and shows Userhet and his wife and sister sitting beneath a fig-laden tree drinking the Water of Life presented to them by a tree-goddess who rises out of the lake before them. As the liquid is poured from a golden vessel into the cups, the three seated figures
are offered figs and grapes, bread and honey comb. The T-shaped lake between Userhet and the tree-goddess shows the souls of Userhet and his wife as human-headed birds drinking the Water of Life from their cupped hands . The symbolic purpose of the mural is almost obliterated by the imaginative and realistic treatment. It must have been a truly magnificent representation. Above the seated figures wagtails flit among the branches of the fruit-laden tree and above the two women are the human-headed birds which represent their souls or Bas.
On the left-hand entrance wall (b) Userhet's heart is being weighed, not against the ostrich feather of truth, but this time against the figure of a man.
The inner corridor is in ruin.

Tomb of Userhet Plan, First Prophet, Egypt - Tombs of the Nobles, Luxor. Part V

Although it is not in too good a state of repair, this tomb, belonging to the First Prophet of the Royal Ka of Thutmose I in the reign of Seti I, contains a symbolic scene of such high order of artistic execution that it should on no account be missed.
It is on the right-hand wall of the narrow traverse chamber (a) and shows Userhet and his wife and sister sitting beneath a fig-laden tree drinking the Water of Life presented to them by a tree-goddess who rises out of the lake before them. As the liquid is poured from a golden vessel into the cups, the three seated figures
are offered figs and grapes, bread and honey comb. The T-shaped lake between Userhet and the tree-goddess shows the souls of Userhet and his wife as human-headed birds drinking the Water of Life from their cupped hands . The symbolic purpose of the mural is almost obliterated by the imaginative and realistic treatment. It must have been a truly magnificent representation. Above the seated figures wagtails flit among the branches of the fruit-laden tree and above the two women are the human-headed birds which represent their souls or Bas.
On the left-hand entrance wall (b) Userhet's heart is being weighed, not against the ostrich feather of truth, but this time against the figure of a man.
The inner corridor is in ruin.

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