Book of the Dead


Museu Episcopal de Vic

Museu Episcopal de Vic

A set of religious spells ordered by chapter designed for use by the deceased as a guide to the Afterlife. Derived from the old Pyramid Texts of the Old Kingdom and the subsequent enlargements of the Coffin Texts of the Middle Kingdom, these magic spells are grouped together in different books and to begin with were only destined to be used by the dead pharaohs, but were later used by everyone to take advantage of their magical properties. The most used is the one called the 'Book of Coming Forth by Day' (in other words, being reborn in the Afterlife). This piece is written in hieratic, and is decorated with illustrations that supplement and explain the texts presented in vertical columns

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  • Title: Book of the Dead
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: -1050/-0725
  • Location Created: Egypt
  • Physical Dimensions: w120 x h36 cm (Complete)
  • Type: Archaeology
  • Rights: © Museu Episcopal de Vic, photographer: Joan M. Díaz
  • External Link: Museu Episcopal de Vic
  • Medium: Papyrus and ink
  • Style Source: Museu Episcopal de Vic
  • Style: Egyptian
  • Provenance Source: Museu Episcopal de Vic
  • Provenance: From Egypt
  • Medium Source: Museu Episcopal de Vic
  • Description Source: Museu Episcopal de Vic
  • Description Extent: Complete