- Museum number
- Object: Papyrus Ramesseum 5
P. Ramesseum 5, Frame 3. Papyrus written on the recto in linear hieroglyphic script. The recto contains medical prescriptions in red and black ink related to 'vessels', perhaps against stiffness. On the verso there are very short jottings. The text is written in vertical columns with titles in horizontal lines, in retrograde script. This frame contains lines 28-44. The papyrus was a half-height roll.
The papyrus is part of the collection of papyri found with a bundle of pens in a chest from a plundered late 13th dynasty tomb under the Ramesseum, apparently belonging to someone like a lector priest. Two of the papyri from the chest are in the Egyptian Museum Berlin (P. Ramesseum A and D); the objects are in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge and the Manchester Museum.
The papyri are very fragile, apparently due to dampness in the tomb-shaft. This papyrus was mounted on sheets of gelatin by Hugo Ibscher.
Length: 25.60 centimetres (frame)
Width: 18.60 centimetres (frame)
- Curator's comments
- P. Ramesseum 5 lines 28-44.
A. H. Gardiner, The Ramesseum Papyri (Oxford: Oxford University Press 1955), 9, pl. 16.
J. W. B. Barns, Five Ramesseum Papyri (Oxford: Oxford University Press 1956), 30-34, pl. 21 (28-30), pl. 22 (31-44).
This papyrus is being studied by Pierre Meyrat (Geneva).
W. Westendorf, Handbuch der altägyptischen Medizin (Handbuch der Orientalistik Abt. 1, 36; Leiden, Boston and Köln: Brill 1999), 6-8.
On the conservation of the papyri: B. Leach, 'A conservation history of the Ramesseum Papyri', JEA 92 (2006), 225-40.
On the tomb: R. B. Parkinson, Reading Ancient Egyptian Poetry: Among Other Histories (Chichester and Malden: Wiley-Blackwell 2009), 138-72.
- Not on display
- Papyrus Survey:
Papyrus: dark, fractured, fragile, loss, skeletal
Backed: gelatin (cockled)
Binding: copydex self adhesive carpet tape
Object Priority: B
Mount Priority: A
Overall Condition: B
Curatorial condition comment:
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Frame.3