The Book of the Dead of Ankhesenaset (P. BNF Egyptien 62-88). Traces of workshop production or scribal experiments?

Chloe Ragazzoli

The Book of the Dead of the Chantress of Amun Ankhesenaset (Dynasty 21, P. BNF Egyptien 62-88) is related to a group of similar documents, and raises questions about scribal practices and workshop production. On several sheets, the top margin features a short and cursive hieratic inscription referring to the vignette to be placed on the page, and this text closely follows the shape of the vignette. This indicates that illustrations for this manuscript were draughted before the text, calling into question the medieval supremacy of image over text, but consistent with the Egyptian tradition of decorum, where text can be considered as the caption for a picture.

The Book of the Dead of Ankhesenaset (P. BNF Egyptien 62-88).Traces of workshop production or scribal experiments?

To reference this article we suggest:

Ragazzoli, C. 2010. The Book of the Dead of Ankhesenaset (P. BNF Egyptien 62-88). Traces of workshop production or scribal experiments? BMSAES 15, 225–48. http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/online_journals/bmsaes/issue_15/ragazzoli.aspx

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Chloe.Ragazzoli@paris-sorbonne.fr