Evidence of a master copy transferred from Thebes to the Memphis area in Dynasty 26

Irmtraut Munro

There are 859 sets of Book of the Dead papyri from the Late and Ptolemaic Periods in the archive of the Book of the Dead Project in Bonn, including fourteen documents from Thebes dated to Dynasty 26. One manuscript differs markedly from the rest with regard to the numerically ascending sequence of Book of the Dead spells known from the so-called Saite recension.

The purpose of this paper is to make a detailed comparison of this manuscript - the papyrus of a certain Ta-sheret-en-Aset, wife of Djed-khi, priest of Montu, son of Bes-en-Mut - with the document P. BM EA 10558 from Memphis, which shows the same unusual sequence and Book of the Dead vignettes. With more than 1500 fragments from Cairo and seven other collections reconstructed to approximately 90% of the original manuscript, the information gained supports the conclusion that both documents shared the same master copy and must have been produced more or less contemporaneously. In all probability the master copy was transferred from its Theban workshop to the Memphite area.

Evidence of a master copy transferred from Thebes to the Memphis area in Dynasty 26

To reference this article we suggest:

Munro, I. 2010. Evidence of a master copy transferred from Thebes to the Memphis area in Dynasty 26. BMSAES 15, 201–24. http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/online_journals/bmsaes/issue_15/munro.aspx

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