Scene from the Book of the Dead

A work made of papyrus and pigment.
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  • A work made of papyrus and pigment.

Date:

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

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 hieroglyphs and a cursive script called hieratic on papyrus, a paperlike substance made of overlapped strips of fiber 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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Artist

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Scene from the Book of the Dead

Origin

Egypt

Date

1070–946 AD

Medium

Papyrus and pigment

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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