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Eight Fragments of Inscribed Papyri with Hieroglyphs from the Book of the Dead for Qed-Mut, New Kingdom, mid 18th-early 19th Dynasty, early 14th-mid 13th Century B.C.
Egypt, New Kingdom, mid 18th - early 19th Dynasty, early 14th - mid 13th Century B.C.
Eight fragments of ink inscribed papyri with hieroglyphic text.
The fragments have been positioned within the frame using Chapter 17 of the Book of the Dead of Iuiya as a template, it provides the closest parallel to the papyrus of Qed-Mut (see Theodore M. Davis, The Tomb of Iouiya and Touiyou with The Funeral Papyrus of Iouiya, Duckworth Egyptology, London 2000). Although there are too many gaps for the place of the fragments on these columns to be determined exactly. Similarly, some of the vignettes bear a close resemblance to the Papyrus of Ani, which has been used as a template for placing some of the fragments within the frames (see Dr Raymond O. Faulkner & Dr Ogden Goelet, JR (translation), The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day: The complete Papyrus of Ani Featuring Integrated Texts and Full-Color Images, 2015).
The collection of spells and magic formulae contained in the Book of the Dead were believed by the ancient Egyptians to protect and assist the deceased in their afterlife. They were compiled by scribes who copied and illustrated the text, usually highlighted with much colour, as the Qed-Mut papyrus demonstrates. Many copies of the book have been found but none of them contain all of the approximate 200 known chapters.
Provenance: French private collection Mr C, acquired in 1967; French private collection, acquired from the above in 2013 as three boxes of fragments, then painstakingly conserved and framed.
Various sizes; Frame measures 30.5 cm x 20 cm
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