About this object

Papyrus Mayer B is part of a confession of robberies in the tomb of Ramesses VI (KV 9) in the late Ramesside era, probably during the reign of Ramesses X Khepermaatre (about 1107/03-1103/1099 BC). It consists of fourteen horizontal lines but is unfortunately no more than a fragment. Its beginning and end are both incomplete, and it doubtless formed part of a long document of which no other portion has survived.
The script is a typical hieratic of the 20th Dynasty, with a tendency towards cursiveness, though not nearly as that shown in Papyrus Mayer A. Unfortunately it cannot be brought into historical connection with the papyri of any other group. Four (or five) persons are mentioned by name in it, the foreigners Pais and Nesamiin, the coppersmiths Pentehetnakht and Hori. The papyrus is part of the confession of a thief, who relates that he and his companion quarrelled as to the division of the spoil (silver, bronze, copper and linen) and were "given away" by a third man who had managed to surprise their secret. It records thefts in the tomb of Rameses VI (KV 9 in the Valley of the Kings) and a graffito dated to regnal year 9 of Rameses IX on the ceiling of the burial chamber J may refer to the inspection of the tomb after it was reported robbed. The papyrus was unrolled and mounted on linen by Constantine Simonides (1820–1867) for Joseph Mayer who acquired the papyrus in 1855 from Revd. Henry Stobart.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Writing
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date made
    1107 BC (Dynasty 20: Reign of Ramesses X) about
  • Materials
    Ink; Papyrus
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date collected
    1854
  • Measurements
    256 mm x 404 mm
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Associated Person, collector, previous owner); Henry Rev Stobart (Collector, previous owner)

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Publications

  • Catalogue of the Mayer Collection Part 1. The Egyptian, Babylonian and Assyrian Antiquities. Second and Revised Edition.

    Gatty, Charles

    Author: Gatty, Charles
    Publisher: The Committee of the Liverpool Free Public Library, Museum and Gallery of Art
    Date: 1879
    Description: Catalogue of most of Joseph Mayer's Egyptian and Near Eastern collection that was on display. It also includes a small number of other collections, such as those given by Mr William Crosfield in 1861, some by Mr Charles Stoess in 1869, and others by Mr J. A. Tinne in 1870. Occasionally reference will be made to the provenance of objects, in particular if they are from the Jospeh Sams or Lord Valentia (ex Henry Salt) collections. There are illustrations of some objects, in particular the amulets, by Mr Ll. Jewitt, FSA. Compared to Mayer's 1852 cataloue there are more detailed descriptions for inscribed objects such as stelae, giving names and titles and the character of the text, provided by Samuel Birch of the British Museum who visited the collections in March 1877.

  • Egyptian Treasures in Europe volume 4: National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside, Liverpool

    Andrea Davies and Dirk van der Plas (ed.)

    Author: Andrea Davies and Dirk van der Plas (ed.)
    Publisher: Utrecht University
    Date: 2001
    Description: CD ROM with 1500 objects from World Museum's Egyptian collection, including some destroyed in World War Two. This is now available online: http://www.globalegyptianmuseum.org/default.aspx

  • Gifts of The Nile: Ancient Egyptian Arts and Crafts in Liverpool Museum

    Bienkowski, Piotr; Tooley, Angela

    Author: Bienkowski, Piotr; Tooley, Angela
    Publisher: Her Majesty's Stationery Office
    Date: 1995
    Description: A 130 page illustrated book that focuses on the Egyptian antiquities in World Museum's collections to provide a colourful introduction to the land and its culture in the Pharaonic period. An appendix explains the history of the collection and includes information about the Lady Lever Art Gallery Egyptian collection, which is also part of National Museums Liverpool.

  • Handbook and Guide to the Egyptian Collection on Exhibition in the Public Museums, Liverpool 4th Edition

    Newberry, Percy; Peet, Thomas Eric

    Author: Newberry, Percy; Peet, Thomas Eric
    Publisher: City of Liverpool Public Museums
    Date: 1932-03
    Description:

  • T E Peet, 'Robbery of the Royal Tombs of Egypt' in The Sphere Newspaper

    Peet, Thomas Eric

    Author: Peet, Thomas Eric
    Publisher: London Illustrated Newspapers Ltd
    Date: 1923-01-20
    Description: 2 page article with a photograph of Mayer B and apart of the transcription of Mayer A. The Sphere was a British newspaper, published by London Illustrated Newspapers Ltd. weekly from 27 January 1900 until the closure of the paper on 27 June 1964.

  • The Great Tomb Robberies of the Twentieth Egyptian Dynasty

    Peet, Thomas Eric

    Author: Peet, Thomas Eric
    Publisher: Clarendon Press
    Date: 1930
    Description: Being a Critical Study, with Translations and Commentaries, of the Papyri in Which These Are Recorded. A publication that includes Papyrus Mayer A and B by T E Peet, Brunner Professor of Egyptology at the University of Liverpool, 1920-33.

  • The Mayer Papyri A & B. Nos. M11162 and M11186 of the Free Public Museums, Liverpool.

    Peet, Thomas Eric

    Author: Peet, Thomas Eric
    Publisher: Egypt Exploration Society
    Date: 1920
    Description: Transcription, translation and commentry of of the tomb robbery papyri held in World Museum, by T E Peet, Brunner Professor of Egyptology at the University of Liverpool, 1920-33.

  • The Post in Liverpool

    Newport, O. W. and edited by John Sussex

    Author: Newport, O. W. and edited by John Sussex
    Publisher: National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside
    Date: 1987
    Description: Handbook written to accompany the exhibition 'Stampway to the World', held at the Liverpool Museum from 23 September to 20 November 1988. This was a collaboration between the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside and the Stamp Publicity Board acting on behalf of the British Philatelic Federation.

Events

  • Stampway to the World

    Start date: 1988-09-23
    End date: 1988-09-23
    Description: The exhibition 'Stampway to the World', was held at the Liverpool Museum from 23 September to 20 November 1988. This was a collaboration between the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside and the Stamp Publicity Board acting on behalf of the British Philatelic Federation.

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: 1857
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Henry Rev Stobart

    Owned from: 1855
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1857
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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