Mummy Bandage, Wen-nefer, born of Ta-amun
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
The vignette depicts Wen-nefer sitting in front of an offering table, greeting three deities with his right hand. In his left hand he holds the image of his heart—the seat of consciousness—next to its correct anatomical place.
332 B.C.E.-1st century C.E.
Ptolemaic Period or later
2 5/8 x 3/16 x 20 1/16 in. (6.7 x 0.4 x 51 cm) (show scale)
This item is not on view
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Mummy Bandage, Wen-nefer, born of Ta-amun, 332 B.C.E.-1st century C.E. Linen, ink, 2 5/8 x 3/16 x 20 1/16 in. (6.7 x 0.4 x 51 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.2039.75E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.2039.75E_PS9.jpg)
overall, 37.2039.75E_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2016
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The object is a fragment of a mummy bandage depicting a spell from the Book of the Dead, Spell sequence: BD 25 V - 26 - 27 V. Spells from the Book of the Dead are written on the bandage in black pigment in horizontal lines reading from right to left. A blank column marks the division between the spells. Illustrated vignettes are placed in these divisions between the text and relate to the adjacent spell. The vignette represented on this bandage is the heart spell. The deceased is holding the hieroglyph for "heart" over his chest and is seated before three deities. It is a plain weave strip of medium brown linen. The thread is spun in an S-twist.
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