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Mummy Bandages with Vignettes from the Book of the Dead

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3441 / 3327, Mummy Bandages with Vignettes from the Book of the Dead, Ptolemaic-Roman Period; c. 100 B.C.- A.D. 200

Culture: Egyptian
Material: linen
Dimensions: 4 x 15 in. 11.5 x 38 cm / 4 x 21 5/8 in. 12 x 55 cm

Freud’s collection has two pieces of mummy wrappings, which, due to their similar quality, are possibly from the same mummy. Each is illustrated with parts of the Book of the Dead, a group of spells and illustrations meant to help the deceased navigate their way to the underworld. One bandage, mostly pictorial, portrays offerings being presented before Osiris, god of the underworld. Osiris sits in his throne, wearing his identifying atef crown and holding a crook and flail, two symbols of kingship. The other wrapping has excerpts from the first three chapters of the Book of the Dead and accompanying illustrations depicting a procession to a tomb and the deceased worshipping a deity.

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