Papyri gallery

All these photos have been taken using a macro lens so I can get really up-close-and-personal with the papyri. I try to tell a story, to pick out important and interesting elements of what can be overwhelming, complex ancient texts.

 

The cobra is painted in black on papyrus. The top right corner of the papyrus is damaged.

Rearing cobra (Book of the Dead)

The cobra is painted in black on papyrus. The top right corner of the papyrus is damaged.
The baboon is side on - painted in black ink on papyrus.

Thoth, in his baboon form, sitting atop the scales of Maat (Book of the Dead)

The baboon is side on - painted in black ink on papyrus.
Two netherworld demons. They're both human form, seated, but the demon on the left has three serpent heads and the one on the right looks to be bovine. They're painted in black ink on papyrus.

Netherworld demons (Book of the Dead). Some repair work's been done in Photoshop

Two netherworld demons. They're both human form, seated, but the demon on the left has three serpent heads and the one on the right looks to be bovine. They're painted in black ink on papyrus.
Thoth is shown from the waist upwards. He's in his form as an ibis-headed man. He's writing on a tablet with a reed pen.

Thoth (Book of the Dead)

Thoth is shown from the waist upwards. He's in his form as an ibis-headed man. He's writing on a tablet with a reed pen.
Bakenkhons is in white clothing and has two cattle in front of him, both with horns. Below them is a river.

Bakenkhons driving cattle in the Field of Reeds (Book of the Dead)

Bakenkhons is in white clothing and has two cattle in front of him, both with horns. Below them is a river.
The amulet is painted in black ink on papyrus.

A tjt-knot amulet (Book of the Dead). Some repair work's been done in Photoshop

The amulet is painted in black ink on papyrus.
The hieroglyphs are hard to make out as it's one set over the top of another. They're written in black ink on papyrus.

A palimpsest (one set of hieroglyphs written over the top of another) (Book of the Dead)

The hieroglyphs are hard to make out as it's one set over the top of another. They're written in black ink on papyrus.
Two netherworld demons. s. They're both human form, seated, the one on the left is serpent-headed and the one on the right is hare-headed. They both have a feather of Maat on their heads.

Netherworld demons (Book of the Dead)

Two netherworld demons. s. They're both human form, seated, the one on the left is serpent-headed and the one on the right is hare-headed. They both have a feather of Maat on their heads.
The hieroglyphs are written in a column, in black ink on papyrus.

The name Asjr wn-nfr, 'Osiris Wennefer', in hieroglyphs

The hieroglyphs are written in a column, in black ink on papyrus.
Osiris is lying at 45-degrees to the floor, along the curved edge of the cartouche shape enclosing the contents of the page. He is painted in black ink on papyrus.

The inert corpse of Osiris (twelfth hour of the Amduat)

Osiris is lying at 45-degrees to the floor, along the curved edge of the cartouche shape enclosing the contents of the page. He is painted in black ink on papyrus.
Re is in his form as a ram-headed man. He holds a staff in the shape of an upright serpent. Mehen surrounds him on three sides. Above him are cursive hieroglyphs. The whole scene is written in black ink on papyrus.

Re in his barque, protected by the serpent Mehen (twelfth hour of the Amduat)

Re is in his form as a ram-headed man. He holds a staff in the shape of an upright serpent. Mehen surrounds him on three sides. Above him are cursive hieroglyphs. The whole scene is written in black ink on papyrus.
Re is a small scarab beetle, painted in black ink on papyrus.

Re as the scarab Khepri, about to exit the netherworld and enter the dawn

Re is a small scarab beetle, painted in black ink on papyrus.

 

All photos here are © Julia Thorne. These photos are optimised for web use; they are not at full size or resolution.