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the funerary equipment of Queen Tiye's parents.
Raiders of KV 46
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55's Lost Objects: Where Are They Today?
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Background Image: Wall scene from the tomb of Ramesses II (KV 7.) From Karl
Richard Lepsius, Denkmäler (Berlin: 1849-1859.)
The Tomb of Maihirpre
Opened February 24, 2001
The Book of the Dead
Found rolled up and laid on Maihirpre's unused middle coffin,
this Book of the Dead measures 117.5 cm. in length and 35 cm. in
height. The vignette shown at left depicts Maihirpre's funeral procession. His
mummy lays on a funeral barque within a shrine surmounted by a per wer roof.
Isis and Nepthys stand at his feet and head while oxen drag the sled on which
the barque rests.
The vignette at right illustrates chapter 30B of The Book of the Dead,
and shows the weighing of Maihirpre's heart before Osiris. The god of the
Underworld is shown in his traditional attire, wearing the White Crown of Upper
Egypt and holding a was-scepter. Thoth, in the form of a baboon, inspects
the scales. This is a somewhat simplified version of the weighing of the heart,
which, in later papyri, usually depicts Anubis inspecting the scales while an
ibis-headed Thoth records the balance. Later versions also usually show the
heart being weighed against a feather or a figure of Maat. At the far right of
the vignette, Maihirpre as a Ba
Bird emerges from his tomb.
Maihirpre, now Justified (or found "True
of Voice") by the scales, greets the Divine Herd in this illustration of
Chapter 148 of The Book of the Dead. The Herd consists of seven cows and
one bull. Before each animal stands a table on which offerings of food and drink
have been left. The cows and bull with their food offerings guarantee continuing sustenance and
virility for Maihirpre in the Underworld.
Papyrus photos are from the Official
Catalogue: The Egyptian Museum, Cairo (Verlag Philipp von Zabern, 1987.)
This figure of the god Osiris was made by stretching linen over
a wooden framework and painting an outline of the god with resin
on the flat linen surface. While the resin was still wet, earth
and grain were scattered on it and watered. The bed was
then placed in Maihirpre's tomb where the grain, moistened by
the water, began to sprout. Such Osiris Beds signified
the forces of life and regeneration. Similar beds were
found in the tomb's of Yuya & Tuyu, and Tutankhamen.
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