We're gearing up for another podcast episode concerning ancient Egypt, so I thought it a good time to consider this artistic interpretation of the universe. Above, we see papyrus dating from the 21st dynasty. Nut, the goddess of heaven, stretches over the Earth, represented here by her brother Geb. The toes of the goddess are at the eastern horizon, and her fingertips at the western horizon.
The image below (from the same time period) also features the siblings' father Shu, the god of air. He holds Nut aloft, separating her from her brother. Despite Shu's attempts to separate the siblings, Geb and Nut went on to have four children together, all of whom play vital roles in Egyptian mythology: Osiris, Isis, Seth and Nephthys.
It's a beautifully anthropomorphic vision of Earth, sky and the void beyond.
It's a big universe. Let's paint a picture of it. Explore more interpretations in the Cosmic Canvas blog series.