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Scene from the Book of the Dead

Horizontal five-panel document featuring written characters in black on the first four pages and an illustration of the fifth. A seated figure at left in profile, wearing a tall headress and white clothing, looks toward a dark-haired female figure at right in white with a white object on her head. She holds up her hands in gesture. A panel of hieroglyphics in white squares is visible behind them.
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  • Horizontal five-panel document featuring written characters in black on the first four pages and an illustration of the fifth. A seated figure at left in profile, wearing a tall headress and white clothing, looks toward a dark-haired female figure at right in white with a white object on her head. She holds up her hands in gesture. A panel of hieroglyphics in white squares is visible behind them.

Date:

Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21 (1070–946 BCE)

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

The Book of the Dead is a series of religious texts that was placed in the tomb to protect the soul of the deceased. This example is written in both hieroglyphs and a cursive script called hieratic on papyrus, a paperlike substance made from overlapping strips of fibers from the papyrus plant. Tayu-henut-Mut, the woman who owned this book, is shown wearing a linen gown and a cone of scented fat on her head. Her gesture shows that she is worshipping Osiris, whose flesh is green because he is a god of vegetation and rebirth.

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Culture

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Scene from the Book of the Dead

Origin

Egypt

Date

1070 BCE–946 BCE

Medium

Papyrus and pigment

Inscriptions

“Words spoken by Osiris foremost of the West, lord of Abydos, Wenenefer, lord of eternity… that he might give offerings and provisions to the Osiris, the mistress of the house and songstress of Amun-Re, king of the gods, Tayu-henut-Mut, true of voice, daughter of the scribe of the treasury Nes-pa-her-en-(ta-)hat, true of voice.”

Dimensions

24.5 × 101 cm (9 11/16 × 39 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry H. Getty, Charles L. Hutchinson, Robert H. Fleming, and Norman W. Harris

Reference Number

1894.180

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