London, South Kensington
28 April 2009
A LARGE GROUP OF EGYPTIAN POLYCHROME PAINTED 'BOOK OF THE DEAD' PAPYRI FRAGMENTS FOR THE WAAB-PRIEST OF AMUN, NESY-NEFER-HR
LATE NEW KINGDOM, CIRCA 1000 B.C.
The hieroglyphs written in red and black ink from spell 168A The litany of the gods, the vignettes showing the various deities in the divisions of the Caverns of the Underworld; and multiple papyrus fragments with parts of text and scenes from the same roll, mounted on paper or loose, some incorrectly positioned (a lot)
72½ in. (184 cm.) long overall approx.; 9¼ in. (23.5 cm.) high max.
Collection of William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877); and thence by descent to the present owner.
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Some of the vignettes appear to be unknown and some of the texts are rare. Cf. T. G. Allen, The Book of the Dead or Going Forth by Day, Chicago, 1974, pp. 162-163 for identification of those known.
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