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
- Ancient Egyptian
- Scene from the Book of the Dead
- 1070 BCE–946 BCE
- Papyrus and pigment
- 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."
- 24.5 × 101 cm (9 11/16 × 39 7/8 in.)
- Gift of Henry H. Getty, Charles L. Hutchinson, Robert H. Fleming, and Norman W. Harris