Journey Through the Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead: For any ancient Egyptian of wealthy standing, the Book of the Dead was an invaluable roll of papyrus which kept within it all the secrets of the afterlife.
Per-Ankh: Ancient Egypt
Journey Through the Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead
Journey Through the Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead
Journey Through the Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead

British Museum: 4th November 2010 to 6th March 2011

For any ancient Egyptian of wealthy standing, the Book of the Dead was an invaluable roll of papyrus which kept within it all the secrets of the afterlife: spells, illustrations and incantations revealing the path from death to mummification and, finally, the liberation of the soul.

Many of these "books" were acquired by the British Museum in the late-19th century, but have lain in vaults, too fragile to unfurl and never before seen by the public. Now, after an extensive period of conservation, they are to be displayed alongside a dazzling array of mummies, coffins, jewellery and statues in a major exhibition entitled Journey Through the Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, which opens on 4 November. The Book of the Dead of Hunefer, a 5.5m-long papyrus, will be among the 192 items on display.

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