About this object

A copy of the Book of the Dead for a man named Amenkhau [Imn-xa-iw] which means 'Amun has appeared'. At one end is a nice vignette of Amenkhau adoring Re-Harakhty seated on a throne. Above this scene are seven vertical columns of hieroglyphs. To the left of this vignette are two pages of hieratic, each with twelve horizontal lines of hieratic text that give the later part of Spell 15A ‘the hymn to the sun-god’. This part of the papyrus has suffered from being wet, perhaps during the Second World War when the Museum was destroyed by a fire. Amenkhau is a name known at the end of the New Kingdom and the early Third Intermediate Period. The style of this Book of the Dead suggests it was made in the 21st Dynasty, about 1069-945 BC.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Writing
  • Culture
    Third Intermediate Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date made
    1069 BC - 945 BC
  • Materials
    Papyrus; Textile
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Donated by Sir E Maunde Thompson
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date collected
    1855
  • Measurements
    290 mm x 790 mm
  • Related people
    E Maunde Thompson (Previous owner)
  • Related documents/media

Ownership

Previous owners

  • E Maunde Thompson

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1903
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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