- Museum number
- Series: The Harris Magical Papyrus
Two fragments of papyrus; Hieratic magical text verso and recto.
A collection of hymns and incantations, particularly focused on repelling crocodiles (recto)and other dangerous animals (verso).
Length: 45.80 centimetres (frame)
Width: 25.60 centimetres (frame)
- Curator's comments
- The ‘magical papyrus Harris’, named after its first possessor A. C. Harris a consul general in Alexandria who bought the manuscript in 1855 was first edited by F. Chabas (Chabas 1860). Chabas worked not on the original for his publication but on a copy made by tracing. In those days, the papyrus was entirely preserved. In between the acquisition in 1855 by Harris and the selling year 1872, a massive gun powder explosion took place in Alexandria which damaged Harris’ house and his private collection, too. In 1872, the papyrus was sold with other objects to the British Museum. Of the original nine pages of the recto and three of the verso, only the first six pages of the recto and parts of the second page of the verso (page 11) are preserved. The other pages only exist in fragments, see Lange 1927, 5–6.
- Not on display
- Papyrus Survey:
Papyrus: fractured, brittle, fragmentary
Tabbed: brown paper
Transferred to horizontal storage 26 jan 95
Object Priority: B
Mount Priority: A
Overall Condition: C
Curatorial condition comment:
fair (incomplete - fragmentary)
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Frame.3