National Geographic : 1955 Nov
629 Kodachrome by National Geographic Photographer David S. Boyer German Archeology Student Takes Notes on Funeral Texts Written 31 Centuries Ago In the large painting Osiris wears the striped atef, with the sun in its base. He is flanked by poles decked with animal skins, symbol of Emewet, a deity of the dead. Wine in bottle on table offers refreshment. To the left, Anubis in semihuman form embalms Sennedjem, just as he mummified his father, the beneficent Osiris, after the latter's murder by his jealous brother Seth. On the vaulted ceiling the mythical phoenix, symbol of resurrection, wears the atef for a sky ride on a solar boat with Horus and Atum.