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Identifier: 
exws_pages_b01_item03
Title: 
Book of the Dead Egyptian leaf
Date: 
Approximately 1500 - 1100 BCE
Description: 
Egyptian papyrus, approximately 1500-1100 BCE, or the Eighteenth to Twentieth dynasty. The fragment of Egyptian papyrus contains portions of three spells from the Book of the Dead, written for “the overseer of works of Amun, Amenemhat, justified, whom Amenmose made.” There is a small illustration in it accompanied by hieroglyphics written with lamp-black or charcoal mixed with water and an adhesive added. This fragment was burned sometime in its recent history, and therefore was mounted on paper in order to preserve it. The ancient owner was Amenemhat, whose father was Amenmose and whose mother was Sat-Amen. Amenemhat was overseer of works for the god Amun. The sellers description accompanying this leaf was originally written by The Foliophiles, Inc. (T.F.I.), a now-defunct New York association of rare book dealers also known as the Society of Foliophiles. Between 1925 and 1968, The Foliophiles disbound hundreds of historical texts and assembled them into several thematic portfolio sets, which they issued in “editions” of between 15 and 200. Many American universities purchased these portfolios as teaching tools in order to illustrate the evolution of manuscript and letterpress printing traditions. While a small number of the selected leaves come from other cultures, the vast majority can be sourced to Western Europe and the nations of the British Isles. The collecting and marketing practices of The Foliophiles reflect the values of the members of the association, as well as the American rare book market. These descriptions, therefore, may contain outdated language, speculation, or inaccurate information.
Dimensions: 
7 x 4.25 in. (17 x 11 cm)
Subject: 
Book of the dead--Manuscripts (Papyri)
Subject: 
Hieroglyphics
Location: 
Egypt
Language: 
Egyptian (Ancient)
Collection: 
Pages from the Past
Type: 
Text
File Format: 
image/jp2
Source: 
Z4 .P33x Pages from the past : original leaves from rare books and manuscripts. Western Michigan University Special Collections
Publisher: 
Western Michigan University
Rights: 
The digital version is available for education use under ‘Fair Use’ guidelines. For additional permission and further information contact the WMU Libraries: lib-dc@wmich.edu
Digital Date: 
2018