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The London Medical Papyrus

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  • Title (series)

    • The London Medical Papyrus
  • Description

    London Medical Papyrus; sheet 2; Hieratic medical text recto and verso. Pages 1-11 (incantations 1-33) are on the recto, pages 12-19 (incantations 34-52) 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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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 107 centimetres (frame)
    • Width: 26 centimetres (frame)
  • Inscriptions

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  • Curator's comments

    Bardinet, RdE 39, p. 24-25.
    Leitz C, 1999, Magical and Medical Papyri of NK, BMP 1999.
    See Redford, Rivisto del instituo de historia antigua oriental 12/13 2005-6 – 149f

    pp. 51-84, Plates 26-46.
    T. Bardinet, Les papyrus médicaux de l'Egypte pharaonique: traduction integrale et commentaire (Paris 1995), 232-34, 483-92.
    G. Pinch, Magic in Ancient Egypt (London 1994), fig.72;

    N. Strudwick, Masterpieces of Ancient Egypt, London 2006, pp. 198-9.


  • Bibliography

    • Trismegistos 380900 ( bibliographic details
    • Strudwick 2006 p.198 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    Papyrus Survey: Condition Details: Papyrus: bloom, fragmentary, loss, fragile Black ink Tabbed: glassine paper Tabbed: court plaster Mount Details: Sandwich: glass Frame: wood Object Priority: B Mount Priority: A Overall Condition: B Curatorial condition comment: incomplete/fragmentary

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

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  • Additional IDs

    • Frame.2
COMPASS Title: The London Medical papyrus


COMPASS Title: The London Medical papyrus

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