About this object

Cursive hieroglyphs in vertical columns. Apparently a compound of several fragments incorrectly joined. Portions of the Book of the Dead chapters 18, 23, 86 and 88. Two sets of vignettes: i) horizontal showing the transformation into a swallow bird; ii) vertical showing Horus, Atum and Osiris Fragmentary preservation.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1550 BC - 1186 BC about
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1855 before
  • Measurements
    270 mm x 370 mm
  • Note
    Mayer Papyri C - G (M11193-7) and Mayer Papyrus K (M11559) belong to the same document of 18th or 19th dynasty date. Joseph Mayer acquired the papyri from either Joseph Sams in 1850 or Henry Stobart in 1855.
  • 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.

  • Das aegyptische Todtenbuch der XVIII bis XX Dynastie

    Naville, Edouard

    Author: Naville, Edouard
    Publisher: Asher
    Date: 1886
    Description: Available online https://archive.org/details/dasaegyptischeto00naviuoft

  • Notes from unpublished papyri in Zeitschrift für Ägyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde vol. 11 (1873)

    Goodwin, Charles W

    Author: Goodwin, Charles W
    Publisher: Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft
    Date: 1873
    Description: Available online https://archive.org/details/zeitschriftfr11brug

  • Untersuchungen zu den Totenbuch-Papyri der 18 Dynastie

    Munro, Irmtraut

    Author: Munro, Irmtraut
    Publisher: Kegan Paul International
    Date: 1988


  • Egyptian Writing (School Loan)

    Start date: 1970-01-27
    End date: 1970-01-27
    Description: The museum created a travelling exhibition consisiting of 8 artefacts and display material for a showcase illustrating the topic of writing in ancient Egypt. The group was arranged in a showcase and was loaned to Joseph Williams Primary School, Gateacre, Merseyside, between 27 January - 27 February 1970.


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased from J. Sams or H. Stobart
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
Object view = Humanities
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