STORY BEHIND THE PIECE
The corner stone of the Ancient Egyptian civilization was Maat, meaning order – both worldly and cosmic- harmony and universal balance. Its symbol was an ostrich feather worn by the goddess Maat, personifying the major ethical and moral principles of Ancient Egypt. Maat was defined by 42 tenets to which every soul was held accountable. After death, the soul was led to the hall of judgement, where the gods would judge the deceased’s heart by weighing it against the Maat feather. The Soul would have to make a detailed statement, negating the 42 bad deeds that contradicted Maat like: I have not killed, I have not hurt an animal, I have not stolen, I have not obstructed the flow of the Nile, I have not succumbed to anger or despair, etc. If the heart was pure of wrongdoing and as light as the feather, the soul was granted paradise. Otherwise, the name of the deceased was devoured by a monster and the soul thrown into eternal oblivion.