This papyrus, along with a second (35.9.21a–o), belonged to the Priest Who Supports The Body of Horus, Imhotep (Greek Imouthes), the son of the Priest of Horus Pasherientaihet (Psintaes) and Tjehenet, a Musician of Hathor, Lady of Cusae (Meir). Since the family held priestly offices in Middle Egypt, where Imhotep's coffin was found in 1913, the two papyri most likely come from his burial.
Imhotep's Book of Coming forth by Day,
commonly known as a Book of the Dead,
was designed to help Imhotep make a successful transition from death to eternal life, and to ensure his safety and well-being in the realm of the dead. Written in a cursive script known as hieratic and read from right to left, it is divided into 182 columns, each containing one or more spells, incantations, or prayers. A continuous frieze of vignettes along the top, as well as larger drawings filling the height of the papyrus, illustrate or subsitute for individual spells. Neither texts nor images follow a narrative sequence, but instead represent a compilation of spells grouped, to some extent, by theme.Links to two blogs about this papyrus: Scrolling Through Imhotep's Book of the DeadA New Life for the Book of the Dead Links to two short videos:Imhotep's Book of the Dead The Weighing of the Heart