- Museum number
Book of the Dead of Hunefer (Hw-nfr) frame 1; fully coloured vignettes; coloured border. Opening hymn to rising sun (spell 15) with vignette.
Length: 57.30 centimetres (frame)
Width: 46.20 centimetres (frame)
- Curator's comments
- 'Book of the Dead' papyri are first found in the early New Kingdom c.1450 BC and the finest (like Hunefer's) were written by expert scribes and decorated by master draftsmen. Perhaps, as royal scribe, it was Hunefer himself who put brush to ink to inscribe his own papyrus.
Sheet split into two sections by a double black line. Opening hymn to rising sun (Spell 15) plus vignette.
Left-hand section is primarily made up of 20 lines of black and red cursive hieroglyphic text with black dividing lines. In the bottom left-hand corner beneath lines 12-20 (R-L) is a polychrome vignette of the deceased and his wife in adoration poses; framed by double black lines; black cursive hieroglyphic captions above both figures and to the right in front of them; main colours are white, pink, yellow, red and blue.
Right-hand section contains full height polychrome vignette of Isis and Nephthys standing either side of a personified djed-pillar; above this a falcon with a sun-disk on its head (Ra-Horakhty) is flanked by seven baboons underneath a curved blue line possibly representing the sky. By most figures are black cursive hieroglyphic captions organised in single lines with black outer lines. Main colours are blue, green, white, black, red, pink and possibly yellow but it has faded. Framed by black lines.
Composition fills sheet; framed by faded red and yellow line on all sides except right-hand side. Hardly any text/image loss except for yellow paint which has faded.
The vignette of this sheet is discussed in Lapp, Die Vignetten zu Spruch 15 auf Totenbuch-Papyri des Neuen Reiches (Beiträge zum Alten Ägypten 6). Basel 2015, 88-89.
Tarasenko, Mykola. 2016. Studies on the vignettes from chapter 17 of the Book of the Dead. I, The image of mś.w Bdšt in ancient Egyptian mythology (Archaeopress Egyptology 16), Oxford, p. 91-92, 99-100.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2010 4th Nov-2011 6th March, Round Reading Room BM, Book of the Dead
- Papyrus Survey:
Backed: white paper
Displayed in Room 62 until 1997
Binding: Filmoplast T self adhesive linen tape
Object Priority: B
Mount Priority: A
Overall Condition: B
Curatorial condition comment:
good (but bleached in part)
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Book of the Dead
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Frame.1
- Joined objects
Associated Group: G16566 (9 objects)