Height: 45.700 cm
Length: 83.400 cm (frame)
EA 9901 sheet 5
Page from the Book of the Dead of Hunefer
From Thebes, Egypt
19th Dynasty, around 1300 BC
Rites before the tomb
This is an excellent example of one of the many fine vignettes (illustrations) from the Book of the Dead of Hunefer.
The centrepiece of
the upper scene is the mummy of Hunefer, shown supported by the god
At the right of the lower scene is a table bearing the various implements needed for the Opening of the Mouth ritual. At the left is shown a ritual, where the foreleg of a calf, cut off while the animal is alive, is offered. The animal was then sacrificed. The calf is shown together with its mother, who might be interpreted as showing signs of distress.
R.O. Faulkner, The Ancient Egyptian Book of t, (revised ed. C. A. R. Andrews) (London, The British Museum Press, 1985)
R.B. Parkinson and S. Quirke, Papyrus, (Egyptian Bookshelf) (London, The British Museum Press, 1995)
S. Quirke and A.J. Spencer, The British Museum book of anc (London, The British Museum Press, 1992)