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Sheet from an Amduat: What is in the Netherworld

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

This vignette comes from a papyrus that belonged to an official named Ankhefenmut. He is shown here in a position of adoration before the god Re-Horakhty. Although scenes depicting private individuals in the presence of a god are known from as early as the Middle Kingdom, they did not become popular until the Ramesside Period.

MEDIUM Papyrus, ink
  • Possible Place Collected: Thebes
  • DATES ca. 1070-945 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XXI Dynasty
    PERIOD Third Intermediate Period
    DIMENSIONS Sheet: 8 7/8 x 13 3/8 in. (22.6 x 34 cm) As mounted: 14 3/8 x 19 1/8 in. (36.5 x 48.5 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.1826Ea
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    CAPTION Sheet from an Amduat: What is in the Netherworld, ca. 1070-945 B.C.E. Papyrus, ink, Sheet: 8 7/8 x 13 3/8 in. (22.6 x 34 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1826Ea (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.1826Ea_wwg8.jpg)
    IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery 8 installation, CUR.37.1826Ea_wwg8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Papyrus inscribed for a hem-neter of Amun-Re, king of the Gods, Ankhefenmut, son of a man named Wenenefer. To the right is a vignette, rendered as a line drawing, showing the deceased making an offering of incense to a seated Re-Horakhty. To the left, and covering over one half of the papyrus, is an eight line inscription in Hieratic. Condition: The various strips of the sheet have separated in many places. The lower right hand corner of the vignette, including the figure of Ankhefenmut from the waist down, is missing.
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