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A Funerary Papyrus Of In The Brooklyn Museum

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The papyri in the collection of the Department of Egyptian, Classical, and Ancient Middle Eastern Art in the Brooklyn Museum is a funerary text of the Third Intermediate Period prepared for a man named 'nḫ-f-nmwt. The object consists of a single sheet of papyrus inscribed with a single vignette on the right, followed by one column of eight lines of hieratic text. The vignette shows the deceased on the right, facing left, offering an incense burner to a seated falcon-headed god. One key to a better understanding of a text like this and the workings of the religious scribal tradition would be a more diligent publication of texts like the Brooklyn papyrus, no matter how seemingly insignificant they may appear to be. A greater number of published exemplars would afford us better means to study the methods employed by scribes working in the Book of the Dead traditions.

Keywords: 'nḫ-f-nmwt; Brooklyn Museum; funerary papyrus



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