Floor 1, Room 9 (The Papyri Collection)

Just off from the Coffin Corridor is Turin’s papyri collection, which comes from the Drovetti collection. They were used by Jean-Francois Champollion during his attempts to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics.

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Being expensive papyrus was only used by the wealthiest classes, as a medium for sacred texts of official documents.

Book of the Dead of Aanen

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Cyperus Papyrus, 3rd Intermediate Period (1076 – 943BC) Thebes C.1771.

During the 21st Dynasty the amount of spells on the Book of the Dead is often reduced in favour of decorative elements, here the vignettes prevail over the text, another book became widespread in this period, namely, the Book of the Amuduat, formerly reserved for Kings.

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