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Archeological Object

Book of the Dead of Pahib

Book of the Dead of Pahib

The fragments of papyrus contain parts of the Book of the Dead written for the royal scribe Pahib, the son of Hornefer. One of the fragments retains the vignettes relative to chapter 16 of the Book of the Dead, of which are preserved two registers and a part of the third. In the scene below Pasced and his wife are represented while a priest pours holy  water from a hes-vase and burns incense in their honour; the upper register shows the god Shu raising the solar disk in his arms surrounded by two images of the ba and by the cynocephali in adoration. The last register above is very fragmented and represented the sun leaving its falling rays that are still visible and painted in red, and at the sides were two gods who represented the East and the West.
The other two fragments preserve part of a female figure and the lower part of another figure.
The text was written in hieratic and the colours used for the written and pictorial part are red and black.
The Civiche Raccolte Archeologiche di Milano also keeps the Book of the Dead of Hornefer, the father of Pahib (no. cat. E0.9.41181).

Further information
Identificazione (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: E 0.9.41182
Place of discovery
  Place of discovery:


  Definizione: Papyrus with writing
  Title or subject:

Book of the Dead of Pahib

Cronologia (Label is not translated)
  Period: Ptolemaic period
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  Height: 24cm
  Width: 24cm
  Varie: Conservation status: fragmentary (4 fragments); the conservation status is stable

1969, Vandoni M., “Due «Libri dei Morti» egiziani conservati al Civico Museo Archeologico in Notizie dal Chiostro del Monastero maggiore, fasc. III-IV, Milano, pag. 77 sgg. 

1979, Lise G., “Musei e Gallerie di Milano. Museo Archeologico: raccolta egizia”, Milano,p. 27 (cat.70), table 92

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