- Museum number
Book of the Dead of Hunefer (Hw-nfr) frame 4; fully coloured vignettes depicting a funerary procession. Spell 1 with spell 22 added in space at end.
Height: 46.20 centimetres (frame)
Length: 73.70 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 composed of 34 lines of cursive hieroglyphic text written in black and red ink with black dividing lines. All of the lines except the leftmost column are underneath a polychrome vignette in a band at the top of the sheet. Spell 1 with Spell 22 added in space at the end.
The vignette depicts a funerary procession including standing men, mourning women, a man herding cattle, men dragging a coffin, with a priest, or carrying offerings and an architectural feature with a jackal on the top. No captions visible; main colours are yellow, pink, brown, black and green. Framed on left-hand side and bottom with black lines.
Composition fills sheet; bordered top and bottom with yellow and red lines. Small area of damage to text/image in top left-hand corner and to yellow paint which has faded.
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 2001
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.4
- Joined objects
Associated Group: G16566 (9 objects)