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The London Medical Papyrus

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  • Title (series)

    • The London Medical Papyrus
  • Description

    London Medical Papyrus; sheet 1; Hieratic medical text recto and verso.Pages 1-11 are on the recto, pages 12-19 on the verso. Frame 1 contains pages 1-5 on the recto, frame 2 pages 6-11.

    A-Skin Complaints, Incantations 1-21
    B-Eye Complaints, Incantations 22-24
    C-Bleeding, Incantations 25-33 (principally incantations against miscarriage)
    D-Burns, Incantations 34-56
    B1-Eye Complaints, Incantations 57-58
    A1-Skin Complaints, Incantations 69-60
    [E-Hymns, Incantations 61-62]


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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 17 centimetres
    • Width: 115.5 centimetres
    • Depth: 0.1 centimetres
    • Height: 22.6 centimetres (frame)
    • Width: 119.1 centimetres (frame)
    • Depth: 0.9 centimetres (frame)
    • Weight: 5.2 kilograms
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  • Curator's comments

    Published :
    C. Leitz, Magical and Medical Papyri of the New Kingdom (BMP 1999), pp. 51-84, Plates 26-46. Cretan spells: see Kyriakidis, Ae&L 12 (2002), 213-6), and those in Northwest Semitic, Steiner, JNES 51 (1992), 191-200.
    Bardinet, RdE 39, p. 24-25.
    T. Bardinet, Les papyrus médicaux de l'Egypte pharaonique: traduction integrale et commentaire (Paris 1995), 232-34, 483-92.
    Rde: 9, 57-8, 59, n. 1 and 2
    G. Pinch, Magic in Ancient Egypt (London 1994), fig.72;
    N. Strudwick, Masterpieces of Ancient Egypt, London 2006, pp. 198-9.
    J.H. Taylor & D. Antoine, Ancient lives, new discoveries, London 2014, pp. 64-5.


  • Bibliography

    • Trismegistos 380900 ( bibliographic details
    • Strudwick 2006 pp.198-199 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    1995 Feb-May, Atlanta, Emory University, Reflections of Women in the New Kingdom
    2014-15 22 May to 19 April, London, British Museum, 'Ancient Lives, New Discoveries'

  • Condition

    Papyrus Survey: Condition Details: Papyrus Black ink Red ink Checked for loan USA 1992 Displayed in Room 62 until 1997 Mount Details: Sandwich: glass Binding: Filmoplast T tape Object Priority: A Mount Priority: A Overall Condition: A Curatorial condition comment: incomplete/fragmentary

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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  • Additional IDs

    • Frame.1
COMPASS Title: The London Medical papyrus


COMPASS Title: The London Medical papyrus

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