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Fragments from a Book of the Dead

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18, possibly later
Reign:
Amenhotep III?
Date:
ca. 1390–1353 B.C.?
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Tomb MMA 831 (TT 297), MMA excavations
Medium:
Papyrus, ink
Dimensions:
mounted in 4 frames, each 28.2 x 38 cm (11 1/8 x 14 15/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1928
Accession Number:
28.3.299a–d
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 130
Fragments of a papyrus mounted in four frames, with additional fragments in two dishes, discovered in Tomb MMA 831 (TT 297). This tomb belonged to an 18th Dynasty official named Amenemotep (also called Djehutynefer) and thus the papyrus may date to this era, specifically to the reign of Amenhotep III; however, a Ramesside date for the papyrus has also been suggested. The text is in vertical columns, primarily in black ink with rubrics in red. The hand is large and very fine. The vignettes used a polychrome palette that included red, black, yellow, white, red, and blue.
Excavated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1914-1915. Allotted to the Museum by the Egyptian Government in the division of finds, 1928.

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