Spells 148–153

From the Book of the Dead papyrus of Nesshutefnut providing him with a guide to the mounds of the netherworld.

Heart Scarab

Inscribed with Book of the Dead spell 6 and a likeness of the owner's face to magically ensure only their good deeds would be recounted before the divine tribunal.

The Judgement of Ireturu before Osiris

From Papyrus Milbank (E10486J), this illustration is associated with Book of the Dead spell 125.

October 3rd, 2017 – March 31st, 2018

Members' Preview: Sunday, October 1st, 2017

The ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead is a series of magical spells that promised to transform any living person into an immortal divinity in the afterlife. This exhibit of more than 50 objects explores what the Book of the Dead was, what it was believed to do, how it worked, how was it was made, and what happened to it. The show features two spectacular Books of the Dead—one 41 feet long—which are shown in their entirely for the first time in nearly a century. A recreation of a burial with a rarely exhibited mummy shows how so many objects inscribed with the Book of the Dead literally surrounded the deceased, some spells being written on linen bandages, others on amulets that were placed on the mummy, yet others on bricks that were embedded in the walls of the burial chamber. The exhibit presents the newest research on the Book of the Dead, what it meant to the ancient Egyptians, and how through text and elaborate imagery, they sought to live forever as gods. A fully illustrated catalog edited by exhibit curator Dr. Foy Scalf accompanies the show.