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Papyrus Ramesseum B (the Dramatic Papyrus)

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  • Title (object)

    • Papyrus Ramesseum B (the Dramatic Papyrus)
  • Description

    P. Ramesseum B, Frame 2. Papyrus written on the recto in linear hieroglyphic script, containing the text of a liturgy in honour of Senwosret I (the so-called Ramesseum Dramatic Papyrus), illustrated with vignettes. The text is written in vertical columns with titles and some text in horizontal lines, possibly in retrograde script. This frame contains lines 31-63. 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.


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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 41 centimetres (frame)
    • Width: 30 centimetres (frame)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

        linear hieroglyphs
      • Inscription Position

  • Curator's comments

    P. Ramesseum B lines 31-63. K. Sethe, Dramatische Texte zu altaegyptischen Mysterienspielen (UGAA 10; 1928), pl. 3-5, 14-16. A. H. Gardiner, The Ramesseum Papyri (Oxford: Oxford University Press 1955), 8, 17-18, fig. 2.
    [The papyrus is substantially the same as in Sethe's photographs, but some small fragments included in Sethe's drawings and in the text of his volume do not appear in either, perhaps lost or destroyed in the unrolling and mounting process?]
    D. Lorand, Le papyrus dramatique du Ramesseum (Lettres orientales; Leuven: Peeters 2009).
    S. Quirke, The Administration of Egypt in the Late Middle Kingdom. The Hieratic Documents (New Malden: Sia Publishing 1990), 194-5.
    J. Quack, 'Zur Lesung und Deutung des Dramatischen Ramesseumpapyrus', ZÄS 133 (2006), 72-89.
    R. B. Parkinson, Reading Ancient Egyptian Poetry: Among Other Histories (Chichester and Malden: Wiley-Blackwell 2009), 148-49.
    Christina Geisen, The Ramesseum Dramatic Papyrus: A New Edition, Translation, and Interpretation (DPhil dissertation, University of Toronto 2012).

    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.


  • Bibliography

    • Strudwick 2006 102-4 bibliographic details
    • Parkinson 2011 2.2 bibliographic details
    • Trismegistos 380893 ( bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    Papyrus Survey: Condition Details: Papyrus: dark, fragmentary, skeletal, fragile, bloom Black ink Tabbed: silk Backed: gelatin (cracked, discoloured) Supported overall: white paper Mount Details: Sandwich: glass Binding: paper Object Priority: C Mount Priority: B Overall Condition: D Curatorial condition comment: fair

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  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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  • Additional IDs

    • Frame.2
10610 Frame 2, recto lines 31-48.

Front:Left Side

10610 Frame 2, recto lines 31-48.

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