Mummy Bandage, Ii-em-hetep, born of Ta-remetj-hepu
Spell 149, recorded on these bandages, describes fourteen underworld “mounds,” their landscape, inhabitants, and potential obstacles. This knowledge was believed to give power to the deceased and assist his or her transformation. The vignettes represent the geographical location of each “mound” and its properties. For instance, the pig-like creature with a long tail is associated with the fiery mound 12, while the standing hippo-crocodile deity, Hebed-eref (One Who Opens His Mouth), alludes to the watery location of mound 13.
This text refers to these objects: ' 37.2039.10E; 37.2039.14E
Medium: Linen, ink
Dates: 332 B.C.E. - 1st century C.E.
Period: Ptolemaic Period, or later
Dimensions: 3 3/8 x 18 1/2 in. (8.5 x 47 cm) Threads per square cm: Warp: 68 x Weft: 21 (show scale)
Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Museum Location: This item is not on view
Exhibitions: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity (On view since April 12, 2003)
Accession Number: 37.2039.10E
Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
Caption: Mummy Bandage, Ii-em-hetep, born of Ta-remetj-hepu, 332 B.C.E. - 1st century C.E. Linen, ink, 3 3/8 x 18 1/2 in