Lot 82: New Kingdom fragments from Egyptian Book of the Dead
December 4, 2016
Montrose, CA, USALive Auction
Description: Framed fragments from an Egyptian Book of the Dead, New Kingdom, c. 1550-1069 BC. The collection includes six distinct fragments written by a beautiful hand in cursive Hieroglyphic script. As is common among Book of the Dead texts, these fragments include both black and red inks. Red ink was used to separate different parts of the text, for example, the titles, openings, and closing of spells. While this group of text remains untranslated, the Book of the Dead was a general name the collection of text that were written for the dead to help them along their passage into the afterlife. These text varied greatly, and were written over a 1000 year period; just an incredible cultural tradition! A fantastic collection of these fragments. Largest fragment measures 9 in x 4 ¾ in (22.8 x 18.2 cm). Ex Hamdy Sakr collection; previously in the private collection of Alex Anckonie III, acquired during his time in the Navy in the 1960's – 1970's.
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