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Book of the Amduat

The Book of the Imy-Duat (eg. “What is in the Hereafter”) is one of the several guides that describe the Netherworld. It depicts the journey that the deceased has to accomplish through the nocturnal sky on the boat of the god Re. its purpose is precisely to assist him in the dangerous night way that he must perform like the solar god. One of the main features of this book is its division in the twelve hours of the days and of the night and the description of the fight against the snake Apophis, that every night tries to devour the sun.

Cat. 1776
Cyperus papyrus, ink
24 x 412 cm
1076–722 BCE
Third Intermediate Period
Thebes
Drovetti collection (1824)
Sala 08 Cornice
  • Bottigliengo Federico, “Digging in the museum: some notes on Amduat papyri in the Museo Egizio of Turin”, in Alessia Amenta, Hélène Guichard (eds), Proceedings of the first Vatican Coffin Conference, 19-22 June 2013, Città del Vaticano 2017, 89-92
    Tipo=Atti di congressi SottoTipo=Monografia o Opere Autore=Bottigliengo Federico Titolo=Digging in the museum: some notes on Amduat papyri in the Museo Egizio of Turin Sottotiolo=Alessia Amenta, Hélène Guichard (eds) In=Proceedings of the first Vatican Coffin Conference, 19-22 June 2013 Collana= Opera= Luogo=Città del Vaticano Anno=2017 Menzionato=89-92 Illustrazione=
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