British Museum to Host Exhibition of Egyptian Book of the Dead

. June 17, 2010 . 0 Comments

The British Museum is to present an exhibition focusing on the Egyptians Book of the Dead, following the ancient Egyptians’ journey from death to the afterlife. Open 4 November 2010–6 March 2011.

This exhibition will for the first time explain the content and meaning of the famous and enigmatic Egyptian Book of the Dead – a collection of prayers, hymns, instructions and rituals which provided the dead with the special knowledge they would need to make a safe passage to the afterlife.

The British Museum houses an unequalled collection of Books of the Dead on papyrus – many of them beautifully illustrated with coloured images showing the landscape of the netherworld and the gods and demons who dwelt there. The exhibition will focus on the most important papyri – many of which cannot be on permanent display for conservation reasons – to tell the story of the journey to the next world and to set in context crucial episodes such as the “weighing of the heart”, by which the dead were judged.

It will include the complete papyrus of Hunefer (one of the most beautifully painted of all) and the longest Book of the Dead known (37 metres), besides coffins, masks, statues, amulets, and items of funerary jewellery.

The majority of the pieces will be drawn from the British Museum’s own rich collection, supplemented by loans of important items from other museums worldwide.

Category: Antiquities

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