Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Daily Photo - Book of the Dead of Nakht

This lovely papyrus is held in the British Museum. Unfortunately the light isn't great (it is in a dim corner and the glass cabinet reflects the lighting) but these should give some idea of the details shown on the papyrus. This scene shows Nakht (a scribe and overseer of the armed forces) in the Field of Reeds, Spell 110. The spell is from the Book of Going Forth by Day, more commonly known as the Book of the Dead, and shows the deceased engaging in agricultural activities.

The papyrus can also be seen on the British Museum's website.

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