Length: 100.000 cm
Width: 28.000 cm (frame)
Papyrus from the Book of the Dead of Padiamenet
Third Intermediate Period, around 1000 BC
The head baker of the estate of Amun
This is the only known sheet of the papyrus from the Book of the Dead of Padiamenet, who was the head baker of the estate of Amun. The 'estate of Amun' is a very wide-ranging term which covers the physical and economic areas controlled in association with the cult. This can include areas outside the cult centre in Thebes.
of the Dead usually begin with an
introductory hymn to the sun god, Re, and/or a hymn to
The use of the colour blue is very striking. Osiris' blue robe is particularly unusual, since by convention he usually wears white or red. Blue food offerings are also unconventional. Blue, like green, is a colour associated with new life and rebirth, which is probably the intended symbolism here.
R.O. Faulkner, The Ancient Egyptian Book of t, (revised ed. C. A. R. Andrews) (London, The British Museum Press, 1985)