A passport to the Egyptian After-life: The Book of the Dead of Ramose
The Book of the Dead was a collection of spells and instructions placed in the tomb or coffin to ensure the dead person’s safe passage through the after-life. First written on linen mummy shrouds and later on rolls of papyrus, Books of the Dead are found in Egyptian burials from around 1650 BC.
The Book of the Dead of Ramose, a high official who lived in the 13th century BC, was discovered in 1922 in a tomb at Sedment in Egypt by the eminent archaeologist Sir William Flinders Petrie. This beautiful papyrus - made up of sheets originally forming a roll estimated to be around 20 metres long - is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of its kind, with vivid and brilliantly coloured scenes of people, birds, animals and plants that offer fresh insights into the everyday world of the Egyptians. Until now its frail and fragmentary condition has prevented it from being seen by the public, but thanks to a major conservation programme this exhibition offers a rare opportunity to view this unique and beautiful object for the first time in many centuries.
With support from Xaar
The conservation project has been made possible by the generous support of The Getty Foundation. The support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Newton Trust and The Aurelius Trust is also gratefully acknowledged.
Tue 19 June 2007 to Sun 16 September 2007
Shiba Gallery (Gallery 14)