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The bindweeds of Egypt and their symbolic role for the deceased

From the Middle Kingdom until the 18th Dynasty, representations are found of a parasitic bindweed associated with the stems of papyrus, . Its representations increase and refine themselves during the Amarnian period because of the naturalistic leaning to nature; but it is in Ramesside times, and more particularly that of Ramesses II, that the images become more beautiful and most detailed. The plant is frequently attached to the stem of the papyrus, or to bouquets, but being also able to, more rarely, exist separately. After the 20th Dynasty, if the theme persists, the quality of the representations decrease (as do all more representations of nature).
This success under the Ramesseses is probably linked with the specific beliefs of that time, and notably the eminent place that the solar cults occupy.

The nature of the plant has been under debate a long time

Some people wante…