- Museum number
- Object: Papyrus Ramesseum 8
P. Ramesseum 8, Frame 6. Papyrus written on the recto in hieratic script, while the verso is blank. The recto contains a magical text against headaches known as The Banquet of Hedjhotep. The text is written in horizontal with some vertical lines. This frame contains page 6 and the end of line 5.9. The papyrus was a half-height roll.
In this page occurs a heading which declares the purpose of the spell: 'to be recited, to repel magic' (line 8, Gardiner, The Ramesseum Papyri, 1955, 12).
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: 22.90 centimetres (frame)
Width: 17.30 centimetres (frame)
- Curator's comments
- P. Ramesseum 8 page 6, end of line 5.9.
A. H. Gardiner, The Ramesseum Papyri (Oxford: Oxford University Press 1955), 11-12, pl. 35.
P. Meyrat, Le Papyrus Ramesseum VIII (Geneva: University of Geneva 2002), 12, pl. 6 [dissertation].
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: fractured, fragile, loss, powdery, skeletal
Supported overall: white paper
Transferred to horizontal storage 3 JAN 95
Binding: copydex self adhesive carpet tape
Object Priority: B
Overall Condition: E
Curatorial condition comment:
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Frame.6