Book of the Dead Papyrus with Chapters 100 and 129

Late Period–Ptolemaic Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 130

This small papyrus features Book of the Dead spells 100 and 129, each accompanied by a large vignette.

On the top are the text and vignette for spell 129. At the left of the vignette is the god Osiris holding a was-scepter; behind him stands a large djed-pillar. In front of the god is an offering table with food topped by a large lotus flower. Farther to the right is a long and low rectangle, which is presumably depicting water; on top of it are two boats. In the left one is the phoenix, while five deities stand in the right one.

The lower part of the papyrus features spell 100. This time, Osiris is depicted on the right side, again with a djed-pillar behind him. In front of the god is the emblem for the east, and to the left of this is a boat being punted by a woman (the deceased) with a long oar. Behind her sits the sun god and then the phoenix.

For more information, please see the curatorial interpretation below.

Book of the Dead Papyrus with Chapters 100 and 129, Papyrus, ink, paint

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