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Fragment of the Mummy Bandages of Wedjahor

Place of production Egypt
Date 4th–1st century B.C. (?)
Object type tomb equipment
Medium, technique Linen, painted

9 × 41 cm

Inventory number 51.326
Collection Egyptian Art
On view Museum of Fine Arts, Basement Floor, Ancient Egypt, Funerary beliefs

Supplying the mummy with wrappings inscribed with texts from funerary books was common in the Late and Ptolemaic Periods. The fragment, once belonged to Wedjahor, son of Haireshep, was purchased in Egypt by Bonifác Platz. It contains texts in hieratic script and outline drawings which are selected chapters and the accompanying vignettes from the Book of the Dead. The fragment features Chapters 44 and 45 of the funerary spells. The former stipulates that the deceased will not die again in the netherworld. The vignette above the texts depicts the deceased standing in front of the falcon-headed sun god Re sitting behind an offering table. Chapter 45 made it possible for the deceased to avoid the perishing of his body. The accompanying vignette portrays him standing in front of a god who sits behind an offering table. This time the god is Osiris, king of the netherworld, whose mythical fate was a model for the deceased’s afterlife fate.

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