The Book of the Dead : Egyptian Funerary Cloths

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Main Library Foyer
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Alumni, Arts and Law, Corporate Services, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Exhibitions, International, Medical and Dental Sciences, Research, Social Sciences, Students, Teaching, Vice Chancellor
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Monday 7th October (09:00) - Monday 4th November 2013 (18:00)
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Email: special-collections@bham.ac.uk

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Exhibition of four examples of mummy wrappings with depictions from the Book of the Dead, from the Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections. Dating from between 300 and 30 BC. During the Ptolemaic Period, spells from the Book of the Dead that were formerly written on papyrus and added to the funerary assemblages as handbooks started to appear on mummy bandages. These bandages made part of the mummy wrappings to enable the dead individual to be in easy reach of these texts on his journey to the beyond. Whether or not these four artefacts belonged to only one individual cannot be established with certainty without further research.