Mummy Bandage, Ii-em-hetep, born of Ta-remetj-hepu
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Spell 149, recorded on these bandages, describes fourteen underworld “mounds,” their landscape, inhabitants, and potential obstacles. This knowledge was believed to give power to the deceased and assist his or her transformation. The vignettes represent the geographical location of each “mound” and its properties. For instance, the pig-like creature with a long tail is associated with the fiery mound 12, while the standing hippo-crocodile deity, Hebed-eref (One Who Opens His Mouth), alludes to the watery location of mound 13.
332 B.C.E.-1st century C.E.
Ptolemaic Period or later
3 3/8 x 18 1/2 in. (8.5 x 47 cm)
Threads per square cm: Warp: 68 x Weft: 21
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Spell sequence: BD 149
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