Bronze Hypocephalus of Djedhor

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 12 April 2016

Hypocephali are inscribed discs usually of plastered linen and less frequently of papyrus or bronze, which were placed beneath the heads of mummies in the Late/Ptolemaic Periods. The texts written on them were taken from spell 162 of the Egyptian Book of the Dead and were intended to provide life-giving heat to ensure resurrection of the dead. Images of deities connected with the notion of creative power and renewed life supplemented the potency of the text. At the center of this hypocephalus, we can see the 4-headed ram of Mendes, adorned with baboons. From the Tomb G of Djedhor, cemetery G at Abydos, Egypt. 30th Dynasty, 380-343 BCE. (The British Museum, London)



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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