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Section of the papyrus belonging to Nesmin, with the sixth hour of the Amduat c.300-275 BC

RCIN 1145261

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The sixth hour of the night (midnight) contains the main and focal moment of the Amduat: the actual moment of the renewal of Re. The solar barque has entered a new region, deeper and darker, called the ‘waterhole of those of the netherworld’. The corpse of the sun god is depicted lying horizontally in a non-mummy form with a scarab beetle, or Khepri, on his head (symbol of regeneration, Khepri is the rejuvenated morning form of the god).