Funerary Papyrus of Nauny

Third Intermediate Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126

This papyrus had been folded eight times and placed across the knees of Nauny's mummy. Although it is labeled on the right edge as "The Book of What is in the Duat (Underworld)," it does not resemble most other examples of an "Amduat" papyrus. Instead it can be seen as an example of a "Litany of Re," in which the sun god is represented in different forms.

Here there are forty mummiform figures, with alternating human and non-human heads. The figures in dark wrappings, with non-human heads, are in most cases labelled as "The Osiris Nauny, true of voice (meaning she has succeeded at the Weighing of the Heart)." Nauny herself is represented by the 25th figure from the right. All but two of the human figures are bearded, and have a variety of labels above them, such as "He in his Mountain" (figure 4); Great (figure 16); West (figure 40).

Funerary Papyrus of Nauny, Papyrus, paint

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