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Scene from the Book of the Dead

A work made of papyrus and pigment.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of papyrus and pigment.

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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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Culture

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Scene from the Book of the Dead

Origin

Egypt

Date

1070 BCE–946 BCE

Medium

Papyrus and pigment

Inscriptions

First page, right side, pictures in color with hieroglyphic label, " the house mistress, the singing women of Amon-Re the king of the gods, Taywhenwtmut, 'daughter' of the treasury-scribe Nesipahirenhet, deceased" ...standing with hands lifted in prayer before the seated god... "Osiris, presider over rge West, lord of Abydos, Wennofer, lord of eternity."

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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