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
  • Culture
    Third Intermediate Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • 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
    Edward Maunde Thompson
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date collected
    1903 before
  • Measurements
    290 mm x 790 mm
  • Note
    Located without an accession number in 2013 and assigned a temporary number LIV.2013.17. Acquisition history was found in 2017: the papyrus was donated to the museum by Sir E Maunde Thompson and the papyrus was accessioned on 11 June 1903.
  • Related people
    Edward Maunde Thompson ( Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Edward Maunde Thompson

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