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Religious texts on a papyrus belonging to the Priest of Horus, Imhotep

Period:
Late Period–Ptolemaic Period
Date:
350–250 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Middle Egypt, probably Meir (Mir)
Medium:
Papyrus, ink
Dimensions:
H. 22.9 x L. 1088.7 cm (9 x 428 5/8 in.) approximately, based on sum of sections; originally a continuous roll about 35 feet long
Credit Line:
Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1935
Accession Number:
35.9.21a–o
  • Description

    This papyrus was written for the Priest of Horus, Imhotep. It contains 6 separate texts, all of which are for the protection of Osiris the god of the dead. Upon death, the spirit of Imhotep became an Osiris and, like Osiris, his spirit was protected by the texts. The papyrus is read from right to left and is divided into columns of text. Imhotep, his father Pshentehe, and his mother Tjehne were all priests in Meir in Middle Egypt. In addition, Imhotep's coffin was found in Meir, thus this papyrus probably comes from there.

  • Provenance

    Purchased in Cairo in 1923 by Edward S. Harkness. Loaned to the Museum in 1924. Donated to the Museum with the Harkness Collection, 1935.

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