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Passport to the Egyptian Afterlife
The Book of the Dead of Ramose

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Passport to the Egyptian Afterlife
The Book of the Dead of Ramose

Exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, 19 June to 16 September 2007

Vignette from Ramose Book of the Dead

Vignette from Spell 95, for being in the presence
of Thoth, Book of the Dead of Ramose

Since it arrived at the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1922, the papyrus containing the Book of the Dead written for the supervisor of royal archives, Ramose, has remained in storage, with the exception of two sections that were displayed for about 40 years. As a result, the beautiful colours of the pictures (vignettes) which illustrate the papyrus and the borders have remained in unusually good condition.

Egyptian Books of the Dead were provided as part of a person’s burial equipment to ensure his or her safety in the afterlife.

For the period of the exhibition almost the whole papyrus can be viewed for the first time since its burial in Ramose’s tomb in the 13th century BC.

This website provides more information about the papyrus, its conservation and the techniques that were used to create it.

Click on the following links for more information

papyrus: material and technology

conservation of papyrus

analysis and examination

the Book of the Dead and Egyptian beliefs

who was Ramose

Ramose’s Book of the Dead



Production of this website has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the Anna Plowden Trust

The project to study and preserve the papyrus was funded through a generous grant from the Getty Foundation.

The support of the Heritage Lottery Fund , The Isaac Newton Trust and The Aurelius Charitable Trust is also gratefully acknowledged.