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- Object: Papyrus Ramesseum 12
P. Ramesseum 12. Papyrus written on the recto and on the verso in hieratic script. The recto contains a religious text with invocations to demons against fever. On the verso there are some later jottings. The text is written in horizontal lines. This frame contains pages 1 and 2. The papyrus was a full-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: 35.50 centimetres (frame)
Width: 30.50 centimetres (frame)
- Curator's comments
- P. Ramesseum 12 pages 1, 2.
A. H. Gardiner, The Ramesseum Papyri (Oxford: Oxford University Press 1955), 14, pl. 45 (no published transcription).
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, fragmentary, powdery, skeletal
Object Priority: B
Mount Priority: A
Overall Condition: B
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- Egypt and Sudan
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