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CONTAINING SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL IMAGERY OF THE BOOK OF THE DEAD

This book is a valuable portrayal of art from the tombs of the kings, Queens princes, and from the mortuary chapels of the Nobles at Thebes. It is a remarkable masterpiece of perfect and unsurpassed illustrations of one of the ancient national religious works. In this book, you will find artwork that is thousands of years old, and that dates back to some of the most powerful times in Ancient Egypt. This book is a very fine example of how incredible the imagery of these times were. This is not the book of the dead in text but is moreso a portrayal of it using the original works of art.

The Egyptian Book of the Dead is a collection of spells that enable the soul of the deceased to navigate the afterlife. The famous title was given the work by western scholars; the actual title would translate as The Book of Coming Forth by Day or Spells for Going Forth by Day and a more apt translation to English would be The Egyptian Book of Life. Although the work is often referred to as quot;the Ancient Egyptian Biblequot; it is no such thing although the two works share the similarity of being ancient compilations of texts written at different times eventually gathered together in book form. The Book of the Dead was never codified and no two copies of the work are exactly the same.

Although this volume contains no print date historical documents and publisher info shows a date of the early 1950s. The overall condition is very nice for a book of this era and all pages and artwork are present with a strong and sturdy binding.

The Book of the Dead is an ancient Egyptian funerary text generally written on papyrus and used from the beginning of the New Kingdom (around 1550 BCE) to around 50 BCE. The original Egyptian name for the text transliterated is translated as Book of Coming Forth by Day or Book of Emerging Forth into the Light. quot;Bookquot; is the closest term to describe the loose collection of texts consisting of a number of magic spells intended to assist a dead person#39;s journey through the Duat, or underworld, and into the afterlife and written by many priests over a period of about 1,000 years.

The Book of the Dead, which was placed in the coffin or burial chamber of the deceased, was part of a tradition of funerary texts which includes the earlier Pyramid Texts and Coffin Texts, which were painted onto objects, not written on papyrus. Some of the spells included in the book were drawn from these older works and date to the 3rd millennium BCE. Other spells were composed later in Egyptian history, dating to the Third Intermediate Period (11th to 7th centuries BCE). A number of the spells which make up the Book continued to be separately inscribed on tomb walls and sarcophagi, as the spells from which they originated always had been.

There was no single or canonical Book of the Dead. The surviving papyri contain a varying selection of religious and magical texts and vary considerably in their illustration. Some people seem to have commissioned their own copies of the Book of the Dead, perhaps choosing the spells they thought most vital in their own progression to the afterlife. The Book of the Dead was most commonly written in hieroglyphic or hieratic script on a papyrus scroll and often illustrated with vignettes depicting the deceased and their journey into the afterlife.

The finest example we have of the Egyptian Book of the Dead in antiquity is the Papyrus of Ani. Ani was an Egyptian scribe. It was discovered by Sir E. A. Wallis Budge in 1888 and was taken to the British Museum, where it currently resides.


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