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Sheet from a Book of the Dead

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

This papyrus is an abridged version of the Amduat, a series of texts and pictures describing the twelve-hour nightly voyage of the sun god (Re) through the Netherworld. During his journey, the sun god faced an array of dangers and presented himself in a series of manifestations that both aided and underscored his triumph over the forces of evil and chaos. Being identified with the sun god was believed to help a deceased person ward off threatening forces in the hereafter.

MEDIUM Papyrus, ink
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1075-945 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 21
    PERIOD Third Intermediate Period
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Sheet from a Book of the Dead, ca. 1075-945 B.C.E. Papyrus, ink Brooklyn Museum, 37.1699Eb. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.1699Eb_view2.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.37.1699Eb_view2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2008
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     <em>Sheet from a Book of the Dead</em>, ca. 1075-945 B.C.E. Papyrus, ink Brooklyn Museum, 37.1699Eb. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.1699Eb_view2.jpg)