About this object

Fragment of limestone with incised hieroglyphs in vertical columns displaying the cartouche of Pepy I and fragments of Pyramid Text spells 266, 533, 539. The Pyramid Texts are a group of magical spells carved within the corridors and burial chambers of pyramids to help the king reach the Afterlife.

The stone is inscribed on two sides and was originally part of the corner of a doorway. The hieroglyphs have traces of green pigment paste. In 2007 the object was identified as coming from the antechamber of Pepy I's pyramid at Saqqara. It was acquired along with a much smaller fragment (1973.2.308.2) at Sotheby's London, 18 July 1919 lot 141 "Two ancient Egyptian mural fragments with inscriptions; also a small wood carved Hawk" (1919 p. 13).

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Old Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Memphite Necropolis: Saqqara
  • Date made
    2321 BC - 2287 BC (Dynasty 6: Reign of Pepy I)
  • Materials
    Pigment; Limestone
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Henry Solomon Wellcome
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Memphite Necropolis: Saqqara
  • Date collected
    1919 before
  • Measurements
    255 mm x 129 mm x 64 mm
  • Related people
    Wellcome Historical Medical Museum ( Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome ( Collector, previous owner)

Explore related


  • Sotheby's Auction House Sale 18 July 1919

    Start date: 1919-07-18
    End date: 1919-07-18
    Description: Sotheby's Sale


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