Mortuary texts of the priest Khons-iu
The corpus of spells in the Book of the Dead does not only consist of texts, every "chapter" could also be accompanied by an illustration. At an early stage a shorthand form of these was developed which the scribes were able to produce with their reed pens. The funerary papyrus of Khonsu-iu shows this remarkable graphic art tradition at its finest and in great detail. Khons-iu [Khensêu] was a High Priest of Ptah in Memphis who died in 249 BC. He was one of a succession, a dynasty, of men who held this very important priestly function in the Late Period. Other members of his family are represented in the Viennese collection by the tomb stelae of his father An-em-her, his nephew of the same name, and the latter's sons Djed-her [Djedhó] and Hor-em-akhet [Harmákhe] (cf. inv. no. 125).
Present location KUNSTHISTORISCHES MUSEUM [09/001] VIENNA
Inventory number 3862
Dating PTOLEMAIC PERIOD; PTOLEMY II PHILADELPHUS (not after)
Archaeological Site UNKNOWN
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