- Museum number
- Series: The London Medical Papyrus
London Medical Papyrus; frame 2. Hieratic medical text recto and verso. Full papyrus: columns 1-11 (incantations 1-33) are on the recto, columns 12-19 (incantations 34-52) on the verso. Frame 2 contains columns 6-11 on the recto and 16-19 on the verso.
Length: 107 centimetres (frame)
Width: 26 centimetres (frame)
- Curator's comments
Quack, J.F. 2022. Altägyptische Amulette und ihre Handhabung. Orientalische Religionen in der Antike 31. Tübingen, pp. 57, 88-89, 101, 137, 154.
Since many illnesses were thought to be caused by evil demons, medical practice was combined with magic as an effective method of treatment. The papyrus contains a broad range of charms and recipes against skin complaints, burns, eye diseases and miscarriages. Spell 7 for instance gives a remedy for a skin disease using red ochre, Lower Egyptian salt in linen, fruits, and the froth of sweet beer.
The spells have been grouped by Leitz (1999) by condition:
A-Skin Complaints, Incantations 1-21
B-Eye Complaints, Incantations 22-24
C-Bleeding, Incantations 25-33 (principally incantations against miscarriage)
D-Burns, Incantations 34-56
B1-Eye Complaints, Incantations 57-58
A1-Skin Complaints, Incantations 69-60
[E-Hymns, Incantations 61-62]
Bardinet, RdE 39, p. 24-25.
See Redford, Rivisto del instituo de historia antigua oriental 12/13 2005-6 – 149f
pp. 51-84, Plates 26-46.
T. Bardinet, Les papyrus médicaux de l'Egypte pharaonique: traduction integrale et commentaire (Paris 1995), 232-34, 483-92.
G. Pinch, Magic in Ancient Egypt (London 1994), fig.72;
N. Strudwick, Masterpieces of Ancient Egypt, London 2006, pp. 198-9.
- Not on display
- Papyrus Survey:
Papyrus: bloom, fragmentary, loss, fragile
Tabbed: glassine paper
Tabbed: court plaster
Object Priority: B
Mount Priority: A
Overall Condition: B
Curatorial condition comment:
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Frame.2