FEATURED ITEM: Egyptian Book of the Dead for Min-Her-Khetiu

Egyptian Book of the Dead for Min-Her-Khetiu

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FEATURED ITEM: Egyptian Book of the Dead for Min-Her-Khetiu

This Egyptian Book of the Dead for Min-Her-Khetiu (as of 24 / February / 2017) is still available for sale from http://www.Baidun.com:

Reference: SC_EG_1001
Civilization: 18th Dynasty, c.1400 B.C.E.
Size: H. 14 x L. 33.2 cm and H. 15.5 x L. 88.8 cm
Condition: Fine condition
Price: Available upon request
Provenance: Baidun Collection

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Egyptian Book of the Dead for Min-Her-Khetiu

‘Book of the Dead’ is a modern term for a collection of magical spells that the Egyptians used to help them get into the afterlife.  They imagined the afterlife as a kind of journey you had to make to get to paradise – but it was quite a hazardous journey so you’d need magical help along the way.

Featured here are two fragments of an Egyptian Book of the Dead written for the Royal sandal-bearer of Isis, Min-Her-Khetiu:

The smaller papyrus sheet includes the painted figures of a woman and the dead man, their hands raised in adoration. Between them a column of hieroglyphs gives the name and title of the owner.  Seven columns of hieroglyphs in the center contain the opening of Chapter 7 headed ‘Chapter of Sailing in the Bark of Ra’.  Above this an accompanying vignette of a shallow boat containing the falcon headed Ra crowned with solar disc and flanked by wedjat eyes to signify health and security.  To the right four columns recounting part of Chapter 149,’The Fourteen Mounds’, the illustration above showing a pottery jar with liquid spilling from it.

The longer sheet carries thirty columns of Chapter 125 ‘The Declaration of Innocence’ with a scene showing standing figures of Anubis with the dead man to the left of a kneeling falcon headed god (Horus though he is labelled Thoth) supervising the weighing of the heart against Maat.  Two seated gods above the scales represent the 42 gods who witness the judgement.  Two of the three columns in the center are from Chapter 81a ‘Spell for becoming a lotus’ and on the right side of the sheet are ten columns from the beginning of Chapter 144 ‘Address to the Keepers of the Underworld’ with the paired figures of the horned guardian and reporter of each gate shown at the foot of the column.

Other fragments from the same scroll can be found in the Cairo Museum and the Papyrus Museum, Syracuse, Italy.

Provenance:

Previously Maurice Nahman, Cairo, acquired 1930s; The Schøyen Collection, Norway.

Exhibited:

Kon-Tiki Museet, Oslo, 2002-3

Published Literature:

Barbara Lüscher, ‘Der Totenbuch- Papyrus des Minherchetiu‘ in Studien zur Altägyptishen Kultur, Band 36, 2006.

Egyptian Book of the Dead for Min-Her-Khetiu

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FEATURED ITEM: Biblical BOOK OF DANIEL Medieval Manuscript Folios

Biblical BOOK OF DANIEL Medieval Manuscript Folios

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BOOK OF DANIEL, from a folio Bible, in Latin, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM

This Book of Daniel Medieval Manuscript (as of 22 / February / 2017) is still available for sale from www.Baidun.com:

Reference: MS_BZ_1013
Civilization: Byzantine, Medieval, ca. 1400 C.E.
Size: H. 32 cm x W. 22.7 cm
Condition: Excellent condition
Price: Available upon request
Provenance: Baidun Collection
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The Book of Daniel is one of the most loved and treasured books in the Bible.  Not only is Daniel revered as one of the great ancient Hebrew prophets of old, but the Book of Daniel is seen as the key to deciphering the symbolism of the Book of Revelation in the New Testament.

Among ancient manuscripts, a manuscript of the Book of Daniel is considered to be a very special and rare treasure.  In this Byzantine manuscript from medieval times, a portion of the Book of Daniel is preserved in ten folios as it was written circa 1400 C.E.

Coming from Italy in the 2nd half of the 14th century CE, this book measures 320 x 227 mm and includes 10 leaves.  Each leaf/page has two columns of 48 lines written in black ink in a round gothic bookhand between four verticals and 49 horizontals ruled in plummet.  There are rubrics of red, letters of running headings and chapter numbers alternately red and blue, initials of red or blue with cusps and flourishing of both colors extending beyond the height of the text to open each chapter.

TWO ILLUMINATED FOLIATE INITIALS and HISTORIATED INITIAL WITH TEXT-HEIGHT ACANTHUS BORDER in pastel colors and burnished gold (tiny area of dampstaining at top of margin of first three folios).

20th-century half pigskin (slightly rubbed at extremities).

These leaves must once have been part of an extremely handsome and elegantly produced folio Bible. The delicate forms of the acanthus sprays, their twisting leaves turning from pale blue to pink and orange and from yellow to orange, point to an origin in Umbria, probably Perugia, around the middle to third quarter of the 14th century CE.

Serious collectors and connoisseurs of old bibles, old manuscripts, and specifically old bible manuscripts will certainly appreciate the value of medieval illuminated manuscripts such as this one of the Book of Daniel.  A rare manuscript treasure such as this one makes an outstanding addition to any fine book collection.

PROVENANCE:

The Reverend Anson Phelps Stokes (1874-1958): bookplate inside front cover. The noted clergyman in New York and New England, who also directed the philanthropy of his family’s foundation, had this manuscript as no 5 in the listing of his books, De Ricci and Wilson, Census, II, p.2276, where its acquisition from Goodspeed in 1935 and the presence of the Book of Job from the same manuscript, then in the Goodhart collection, New York were also noted. The manuscript passed from his son, the Reverend Anson Phelps Stokes II (1905-1986), Bishop of Massachusetts 1956-70, to the Episcopal Theological School, which in 1974 became part of the Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Mass.

CONTENT:

Book of Daniel ff.1v-10v, preceded by the incomplete prologue to Daniel (Stegmüller 494) and followed by the prologues to Hosea (Stegmüller 500 and 507).

 

BOOK OF DANIEL, from a folio Bible, in Latin, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM

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