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Passport to the Egyptian Afterlife: The Book of the Dead of Ramose

Following the Government announcement yesterday, museums and galleries in Cambridge will be closed to the public as part of a period of national/local restrictions. So, with great sadness, we will not be able to reopen as planned on 2 January 2021.

Since it arrived at the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1922, the papyrus containing the Book of the Dead written for the supervisor of royal archives, Ramose, has remained in storage, with the exception of two sections that were displayed for about 40 years. As a result, the beautiful colours of the pictures (vignettes) which illustrate the papyrus and the borders have remained in unusually good condition.

This website provides more information about the papyrus, its conservation and the techniques that were used to create it.

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