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        Detail of the Book of the Earth, from the burial chamber of the Tomb of Ramesses VI

        Egyptian 20th Dynasty (1200-1085 BC). Medium: wall painting. Date: 12th Century BC. Mummies in the Mound of Darkness; earth god, Aker, as a double sphinx; entrance and exit of the realm of the dead; twelve goddesses each representing an hour of the night; passage of the sun god; Provenance: Valley of the Kings, Thebes, Egypt / Giraudon. Photographic Rights held by The Bridgeman Art Library.

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