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Painting from the tomb of King Seti II, New Kingdom, 19th Dynasty – King’s Valley 15, Western Thebes, Valley of the Kings – The Litanies of Re became an important part of the decoration of the royal tomb during the Ramesside period. The Litanies of Re is not a guide through the Netherworld, but describes instead the various forms of the sun god, beginning by listing his seventy-five names. In this scene from the tomb of Seti II is shown the central image of the title illustration associated with the Litanies of Re. It is composed of the globe of the sun, inside which are carved the sun god in two of his guises: his dawn form Khepri, the scarab beetle, and his night form, the ram-headed Re.

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