- Museum number
- Object: Papyrus Ramesseum 10
P. Ramesseum 10, Frame 5. Papyrus written on the recto and on the verso in hieratic script. The recto contains a magical text entitled 'Spell for protection of the limbs against any male and female serpent', and on the verso there is a continuation of this text. The text is written in horizontal lines with a ruled margin-line. This frame contains twenty fragments (unmentioned and unpublished by Gardiner). 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: 21 centimetres (frame)
Width: 15.20 centimetres (frame)
- Curator's comments
- P. Ramesseum 10 twenty fragments (unmentioned and unpublished by Gardiner).
J. Kyffin, '"A true secret of the house of life": prosody, intertext and performance in magical texts', in F. Hagen et al. (eds.), Narratives of Egypt and the Ancient Near East. Literary and Linguistic Approaches (Leuven, Paris and Walpole: Peeters and Department of Oriental Studies 2011), 225-49, esp. 237-43.
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: displaced fragments, fractured, fragile, powdery, skeletal
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.5