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Mummy Bandage, Ii-em-hetep, born of Ta-remetj-hepu

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

The initial chapters of the Book of the Dead allude to the myth of Osiris’s death, resurrection, and union with the sun god Re, anticipating the same scenario for the deceased. Here, parts of the funeral are portrayed on the right: the priest in a leopard-skin cloak recites spells from a scroll in his hands, and another priest offers food, drink, and incense. The seated woman mourns the mummy, held up by the jackal-headed Anubis, while the wavy line around the scene indicates purification. On the left, the transformed deceased praises and offers to the falcon-headed sun god and the Solar Boat.
MEDIUM Linen, ink
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES 332 B.C.E.-1st century C.E.
    PERIOD Ptolemaic Period or later
    DIMENSIONS 3 9/16 x 39 9/16 in. (9 x 100.5 cm) Threads per square cm: Warp: 65 x Weft: 21  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.2039.21E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Mummy Bandage, Ii-em-hetep, born of Ta-remetj-hepu, 332 B.C.E.-1st century C.E. Linen, ink, 3 9/16 x 39 9/16 in. (9 x 100.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.2039.21E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.2039.21E_PS2.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 37.2039.21E_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Spell sequence: BD 1V - 2 - 3 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 4 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 14 - 15
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