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Geb and Nut Photo: Keeping the Dead Company

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Keeping the Dead Company

Lots of ancient coffins have images of Nut inside them, either on the bottom or the lid. It's a form of magic—Nut's there so she can give the mummies a comforting hug, and help them on their way to the afterlife. [Wooden coffin fragment showing Nut (bottom inside of the coffin), ca. 1200-1000 BCE (Late Period). Currently in the Smithsonian Institution.] (tagged: Geb and Nut (pronounced "noot" to rhyme with "boot"))

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