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Book of the Dead of Hori

Book of the Dead of Hori

c. 1069–945 BCE
Location: 107 Egyptian

Description

The Egyptian Book of the Dead--or as they called it, the Book of Going Forth By Day--was not a single, unified, and authoritative manuscript, but a handful of special spells selected from a pool of about 200 age-old magical formulae. This illustrated Book of the Dead inscribed for the priest Hori includes the so-called Book of Gates. There are sixteen gates through which Hori must pass, each guarded by a fierce, animal-headed, knife-brandishing monster. Among them are "The Mistress of Wrath," "The Fiery One," and the "Long-Horned Bull." To reach the afterlife, Hori must present the gate-keepers with a series of secret passwords provided for him in the papyrus. At the far right, we see Hori, who having completed his task, is now reborn.
  • Probably Thebes. Purchased at Sotheby's, London, through Howard Carter
    1921-
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
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    Niwinski, Andrzej. Studies on the Illustrated Theban Funerary Papyri of the 11th and 10th Centuries B.C. Freiburg, Schweiz: Universitätsverlag, 1989. Mentioned: p. 305
    James, T. G. H. "Howard Carter and The Cleveland Museum of Art.". Object Lessons: Cleveland Creates an Art Museum. Cleveland: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1991 Mentioned: pp.66-77
    Berman, Lawrence M., and Kenneth J. Bohač. Catalogue of Egyptian Art: The Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Museum of Art, 1999 Reproduced: p. 370-71; Mentioned: p. 370-373
    Sims, Lowery S. The Persistence of Geometry: Form, Content, and Culture in the Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland: Cleveland Museum of Art, 2006. Mentioned: p. 115; Reproduced: p. 38-9. No. 6
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  • {{cite web|title=Book of the Dead of Hori|url=false|author=|year=c. 1069–945 BCE|access-date=18 April 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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