About this object

1 of 12 strips of linen bandages inscribed with spells from the Book of the Dead in late hieratic writing for Djed-hor son of Ta. The vignette shows the owner seated before a tree-goddess, and possibly illustrates Spell 59, entitled "Spell for breathing air and having power over water in the realm of the dead".

They were catalogued by Charles Goodwin in 1872 and appear as this in his hand-written notes: "(twelve linen fragments, belonging to the same mummy, but not capable of being pieced together) - contain fragments of the ritual - Late Hieratic script. Belonged to a person named Tat-Hor [Djed-Hor] son of Ta." They appear in the the 1879 catalogue by Charles Gatty as, "No. 189. Mummy Wrappings; twelve strips of linen with portions of the Ritual of the Dead inscribed on them in late hieratic writing; on one is the name of the person from whose mummy they all most probably came, Tatha, son of Ta."

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    400 BC - 1st Century AD
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    19th Century
  • Measurements
    100 mm x 210 mm
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer ( Collector, previous owner)

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  • 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: 83 page illustrated catalogue 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 Joseph Sams or Lord Valentia collections. The woodcut illustrations were produced by the noted Victorian illustrator and engraver, Llewellynn Frederick William Jewitt FSA. Compared to Mayer's 1852 catalogue there are more detailed descriptions for inscribed objects such as stelae, giving names and titles and the character of the text. Much of this information was provided by Samuel Birch of the British Museum who visited the collections in March 1877.


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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