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    Sale 5951

    Antiquities Including the Plesch Collection of Ancient Glass

    28 April 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 145

    TWO EGYPTIAN PAINTED 'BOOK OF THE DEAD' PAPYRI FRAGMENTS FOR SENHOTEP

    NEW KINGDOM, DYNASTY XVIII, CIRCA 1450 B.C.

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    TWO EGYPTIAN PAINTED 'BOOK OF THE DEAD' PAPYRI FRAGMENTS FOR SENHOTEP
    NEW KINGDOM, DYNASTY XVIII, CIRCA 1450 B.C.
    The hieroglyphs written in red and black ink, spell 6 the shabti written under a vignette of a shabti with his seed bag, hoe and mattock, spell 99.3 depicting Senhotep and his wife Tui greeting the ferry boat of the Abyss in which Re and Isis are seated, the deceased being asked to declare the names of the various parts and fittings; offerings are then made, two falcon-headed guardians of the gate below; and another fragment, spell 83 the spell of transformation, becoming a phoenix bird, and spells 1, 144 and 124, both mounted on paper
    21¾ x 11 in. (55.3 x 28 cm.) and 7½ x 10¼ in. (18.3 x 26 cm.) respectively (2)


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    Provenance

    Collection of William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877); and thence by descent to the present owner.
    An ink inscription reads "... papyrus égyptien ... figures enveloppant une momie trouvée à Memphis". However, it is more likely that the papyri have a Theban origin.