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Hypocephalus, Ptolemaic Period.

Hypocephalus, Ptolemaic Period.

Hypocephalus (300 B.C.) cartonnage of linen, plaster, and reed pen ink, Thebes - on the edge of this round amulet are 162 spells from the Book of the Dead, including: "to give rise under the head of the deceased a flame." Such an amulet is called a hypocephalus, which is Greek for under head. The amulet was to create heat under the head of the deceased to unite him with the sun god.

Hypocephalus (300 B.C.) cartonnage of linen, plaster, and reed pen ink, Thebes - on the edge of this round amulet are 162 spells from the Book of the Dead, including: "to give rise under the head of the deceased a flame." Such an amulet is called a hypocephalus, which is Greek for under head. The amulet was to create heat under the head of the deceased to unite him with the sun god.

*ANCIENT EGYPT RUINS

*ANCIENT EGYPT RUINS

Military ration token. Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty, reign of Amenenhat I, 1884-1797 B.C.

Military ration token. Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty, reign of Amenenhat I, 1884-1797 B.C.

Esfahan-i tile work. (iran)

Esfahan-i tile work. (iran)

Example of a Hypocephalus, or ‘magic circle’, which was placed beneath the head of a mummy in the late 1st millennium BC. From the burial of a Theban priestess.

Museum piece #8 – BM EA36188

Example of a Hypocephalus, or ‘magic circle’, which was placed beneath the head of a mummy in the late 1st millennium BC. From the burial of a Theban priestess.

The Great Sphynx, Giza, Egypt

The Great Sphynx, Giza, Egypt

A detail from a Book of the Dead, on papyrus showing hieratic writing of Hornefer, Ptolemaic Period, provenance unknown. (Museo Castello Sforzesco, Milan)

Book of the Dead (detail)

A detail from a Book of the Dead, on papyrus showing hieratic writing of Hornefer, Ptolemaic Period, provenance unknown. (Museo Castello Sforzesco, Milan)

Cleopatra's underwater palace, Egypt

Cleopatra's underwater palace, Egypt

敦煌星圖甲本

敦煌星圖甲本

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