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Fragments of Papyrus from the Book of the Dead

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

The Book of the Dead provided the spells the deceased must know and recite to speed the journey into the afterlife. This copy was made for a highly placed priest of the god Amun. As with most other examples of The Book of the Dead, only a selection of spells is included here. On the left are Spells 15 and 17. The illustration depicts Djedkhonsuiuefankh before the sun god Re-Hor-akhty. The columns of text in the illustration reveal the god’s greeting to the deceased and the deceased’s name and genealogy.
MEDIUM Papyrus, ink
DATES ca. 1070 B.C.E.-945 B.C.E.
DYNASTY XXI Dynasty
PERIOD Third Intermediate Period
DIMENSIONS 37.1782Eh, as mounted: 12 5/16 x 7/8 x 13 15/16 in. (31.3 x 2.2 x 35.4 cm) Measurements: Height: 20.5 cm., Length 24.7 cm.  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 37.1782Ea-h
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Fragments of Papyrus from the Book of the Dead, ca. 1070 B.C.E.-945 B.C.E. Papyrus, ink, 37.1782Eh, as mounted: 12 5/16 x 7/8 x 13 15/16 in. (31.3 x 2.2 x 35.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1782Ea-h
IMAGE component, CUR.37.1782Ed_IMLS_PS5.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (61%)
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