A week ago we kicked off our "Drawing Upon the Collections" HMSC Connects! coloring pages. To commemorate our upcoming Virtual Summer Solstice Celebration on Saturday we are launching special #HarvardSolstice themed coloring pages from each of the museums. https://bit.ly/HMSCConnectsSolsticeColoring
Included in this mini collection is the Egyptian Sun God Ra from the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East.
Ankh-khonsu was a doorkeeper in the Temple of Amun-Re at Karnak. He inherited his position from his father Ankh-en-amun. His brightly painted coffin lid is covered with images of protective deities. For the Solstice, we have highlighted the top right panel, which portrays an image of Ra. In Ancient Egypt the sun god Ra was the maker and creator of everything in the visible world, the gods in heaven, as well as heaven itself. He was most commonly depicted as a man with the head of a falcon and a solar disc encircled by a serpent on top. In Egyptian mythology, Ra was born in the east, moved across the sky in a solar boat, died in the west, and was reborn the following morning. As long as the sun continued to dawn every morning, the Egyptians believed that life would continue after death.
We hope to celebrate with you at the #virtualevent on Saturday! See the full program & RSVP here: https://bit.ly/VirtualSolsticeCelebrationProgram #ColorOurCollections #HMSCconnects
Coffin of Ankh-khonsu, painted wood; detail of painted section featuring Ra Dynasty 22, 945–712 BC, Egypt (Thebes). Gift of Theodore M. Davis, HMANE 1902.50.9
On display at the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East
From the Nile to the Euphrates exhibit.