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Inventory number

CGT54068

  • Document
  • Writing Recto
  • Writing Verso

General description

Magical papyrus Thoth


Papyrus CGT 54068 is a fragmentary manuscript written in the hieratic script. The four columns on the recto contain various spells, all copied from the "Magical book of Thoth" (papyrus CGT 54050).

The first column is preserved on a small fragment, which contains part of the introduction of the book. The second column is divided on two fragments and contains a spell against snake bites. In the third column, preserved on four fragments, sections of a healing formula are written. The text of the fourth and last column, of which only three fragments remained, describes a common practice of ancient Egyptian magic: anatomical parts are under the protection of various deities, in order to purify the body of a patient.

On the verso of the manuscript a divinatory text is written, that is comparable to the text on the documents CGT 54065 verso, CGT 54067 and Chester Beatty V. The spells are followed by drawings of various gods: some of them can be identified thanks to their attributes, while others cannot be recognized with certainty. According to the text written on the largest fragment, the spells probably had to be recited on these images, drawn on a strip of cloth that was subsequently worn by the patient.

Epoch

New Kingdom (1539-1077 BC)

Dynasty

Dynasty 20 (1190-1077 BC)

Pharaoh

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Provenance

Thebes/Deir el-Medina (?)

Acquisition: Drovetti, Bernardino (?)

Acquisition Date: 1824 (?)

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Image(s)

Image

  • Text 1

Hieroglyphs

  • Hieroglyphs
    • Hieroglyphs
    • Hieroglyphs

Editor

Nathalie Sojic (NS), Letizia Loprieno (LL)

Script

hieratic

Text type

Magical

Keywords

protection, body parts, arm, flame, back, illness, Gliedervergottung, serpents

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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Bibliographical reference

Roccati, Magica Taurinensia, pp. 47-54 (OEB 166366).

Image

  • Text 1

Hieroglyphs

  • Hieroglyphs
    • Hieroglyphs
    • Hieroglyphs

Editor

Letizia Loprieno (LL), Nathalie Sojic (NS)

Script

hieratic

Text type

Magical

Keywords

beer, bread, bite, divination, amulets, enemy, protection, offering, spell, incense, nose, throat, flame, heart

Epoch

New Kingdom (1539-1077 BC)

Dynasty

Dynasty 20 (1190-1077 BC)

Pharaoh

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Drawing

Yes

Drawing description

four fragments with a row of several divinities: fragment b: perhaps Sekhmet fragment c: seven figures including Osiris fragment e: Isis, Nephthys and traces of a third figure fragment g: Re-Horakhety and traces of a second figure

Bibliographical reference

Roccati, Magica Taurinensia, pp. 47-54 (OEB 166366).
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