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Inventory number

Provv.861

  • Document
  • Writing Recto
  • Writing Verso

General description

Protective spells

Provv. 861 is an early Middle Kingdom papyrus containing 13 spells written in vertical columns describing practical medical advice and magical formulas for a healthy life. The spells can be separated into three categories: spells 1 through 4 are for protection against snakes and their venom, instructing that if bitten, to remove their fangs and shatter a clay figurine on a surface. Spells 5 through 10 explain how to protect and open the eyes by means of water. Finally spells 11 and 12 give instructions as to how to get rid of a fish bone being stuck in someone's throat, by eating bread.

Epoch

Middle Kingdom (1990-1760 BC)

Dynasty

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Pharaoh

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Acquisition: Old Find

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Image(s)

Image

  • Text 1

Contributor

Juan José Archidona Ramírez (JJAR), Andrea Fanciulli (AF)

Script

hieratic

Text type

Medical text, Magical

Keywords

linen, protection, spell, eyes, clay figure, poison, snake, recitation, to repel

Epoch

Middle Kingdom (1990-1760 BC)

Dynasty

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Pharaoh

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Drawing

No

Drawing description

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Bibliographical reference

Roccati, Papiro Ieratico N. 54003 (OEB 14317)

Image

  • Text 1

Contributor

Andrea Fanciulli (AF), Juan José Archidona Ramírez (JJAR)

Script

hieratic

Text type

Medical text, Magical

Keywords

fish bones, carnelian, glass, water, gold, statue, quartz, fish

Epoch

Middle Kingdom (1990-1760 BC)

Dynasty

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Pharaoh

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Drawing

No

Drawing description

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Bibliographical reference

Roccati, Papiro Ieratico N. 54003 (OEB 14317)

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