Pyramid Text of Pepy I

1973.2.308.1

On display

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).