- Museum number
Book of the Dead of Hunefer (Hw-nfr) frame 2; fully coloured vignettes; coloured border. Spell 183.
Height: 45 centimetres (frame)
Length: 94 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 primarily composed of lines of cursive hieroglyphic text written in black and red ink with black dividing lines. A yellow dividing line separates a smaller text unit on the right-hand side from the larger left part. Spell 183.
In the middle and on the left-hand side are two polychrome vignettes with yellow borders. Middle vignette depicts Thoth holding a nb-sign with an ankh-sign flanked by two was-signs on top of it; no captions; main colours are yellow, blue, black, white and red. Left-hand vignette shows deceased and wife in adoration poses; two black cursive hieroglyphic captions are above and to the right of the figures; main colours are white, pink, black, yellow and green. Vignettes occupy about two-thirds height of composition and about a sixth of width.
Composition fills the sheet; framed on top and bottom with red and yellow line. Very little text/image loss except for yellow paint which has faded.
Kitchen. Ram. Insc. Vol 1, p. 306.
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
Binding: Filmoplast T self adhesive linen tape
Object Priority: B
Mount Priority: A
Overall Condition: B
Curatorial condition comment:
- Associated titles
Associated Title: Book of the Dead
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Frame.2
- Joined objects
Associated Group: G16566 (9 objects)