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The Mortuary Papyrus of Padikakem
Walters Art Museum 551

By Yekaterina Barbash

The Mortuary Papyrus of Padikakem
Paperback, 355 pages £11.50
Published: 2011
ISBN: 9780974002552
Format: 253mm x 176mm
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Subjects: Archaeology, Egyptology, Yale Egyptology
Series: Yale Egyptological Studies

This new study is the first translation of the papyrus of Padikakem, with an extensive commentary. The complete early Ptolemaic manuscript from the Walters Art Museum contains two uncommon texts in hieratic. The initial text, a Ritual of Introducing the Multitude on the Last Day of Tekh, is identified as a temple liturgy by its rubric title, while its themes recall love poetry and the Lamentations of Isis and Nephthys. The second text, a rarely attested Book III of glorification spells (sakhw) has an exclusively mortuary character. The spells of this section largely originate in the Pyramid Texts and include specific instructions for recitation by the lector priest. The two texts are established as a coherent composition that belongs to the Greco-Roman tradition of merging Egyptian funerary practices with temple liturgies. The diverse sources and themes of the texts shed light on the evolution of Osirian and mortuary theologies from the Old Kingdom onwards. The study also thoroughly examines the development of grammar and paleography among the parallels.

List of Plates and Hieroglyphic Transcriptions

List of Tables

Preface and Acknowledgements


Chapter 1 - The Papyrus Walters Art Museum 551

Chapter 2 - sξhw Glorification Spells

Chapter 3 - Transliteration, Translation, Commentary

Appendix - Index of Epithets



Hieroglyphic Transcription and Plates

Yekaterina Barbash is Associate Curator of Egyptian Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 355 pages
 253mm x 176mm

BIC Code:
  HIS002030, HIS026000, SOC003000
 Yale Egyptological Publications


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