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Inventory number

Cat.1964, CGT54053, Cat.2093/234, Cat.2105/355, Cat.2107/423, Cat.2105/375, Cat.2048/034, Cat.2099/296

  • Document
  • Writing Recto
  • Writing Verso

General description

Magical papyrus Thoth


Papyrus CGT 54053 is a fragmentary manuscript written in the hieratic script. The scroll originally contained eleven columns of text, nine written on the recto and two on the verso; at the current state of conservation the second column is completely lost, while only sections of the others are partly preserved.

The text is a copy of the text written on the recto of papyrus CGT 54050, a collection of magical spells to be recited to heal a patient from snake bites or, generally, to protect him from all demons and evil spirits who can cause illnesses. To make the ritual effective, the magician identifies himself with the god Thoth, thought to be the one who composed the formulas, whose power is evoked through the recitation of the spells. The last four columns of text contain a long hymn to Thoth, to be understood as conclusion of the whole manuscript. Among the various copies of the text, the version on CGT 54053 is the only one that preserves the final hymn completely.

On the verso of the papyrus, following pages 6 and 7 of the recto text, there are traces of administrative and accounting texts.

Epoch

New Kingdom (1539-1077 BC)

Dynasty

Ramesside period

Pharaoh

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Provenance

Thebes/Deir el-Medina (?)

Acquisition: Drovetti, Bernardino

Acquisition Date: 1824

Image(s)

Image

  • Text 1

Editor

Letizia Loprieno (LL)

Script

hieratic

Text type

Magical, Hymn

Keywords

legs, purification, back, belly, fever, serpents, ear, ba-soul, body parts, incense, head, flame, illness, Gliedervergottung, protection, heart

Place name

Busiris (Dd.w)

Epoch

New Kingdom (1539-1077 BC)

Dynasty

Ramesside period

Pharaoh

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Drawing

No

Drawing description

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Bibliographical reference

Roccati, Magica Taurinensia, pp. 38-45 (OEB 166366);

Roccati, Oriens Antiquus 14, p. 245 (OEB 18681).

Image

  • Text 1
  • Text 2

Editor

Letizia Loprieno (LL)

Script

hieratic

Text type

Hymn, Magical

Keywords

purification, protection

Epoch

New Kingdom (1539-1077 BC)

Dynasty

Ramesside period

Pharaoh

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Drawing

No

Drawing description

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Script

hieratic

Text type

Account, Administrative text

Epoch

New Kingdom (1539-1077 BC)

Dynasty

Dynasty 20 (1190-1077 BC)

Pharaoh

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Drawing

No

Drawing description

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Museo Egizio