Book of the Dead of Aaner, priest of Mut

During the 21th Dynasty, the number of formulas on the Book of the Dead is often reduced in favour of an enrichment of the decorative elements. As one can observe on this specimen, the vignettes take over and extend on a large part of the papyrus surface. In this period, the custom also spreads to put in the tomb another funerary book, like the Book of the Amduat, formerly a royal prerogative.

Cat. 1771 TPOP
Cyperus papyrus, ink
20 x 348 cm
1076–944 BCE
Third Intermediate Period
Twenty-first Dynasty
Drovetti collection, 1824
Sala 08 Cornice
Museo Egizio