Private View: Journey through the Afterlife: the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead

  • British Museum |
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  • Friday, 26 November 2010

Enjoy a curator’s introduction and a crowd-free viewing of this exhibition, which explores the meaning of the enigmatic Egyptian Book of the Dead – a collection of prayers, hymns and rituals which provided the special knowledge the dead were thought to need to make a safe passage to the afterlife. Illustrations show the fields and rivers of the netherworld, along with gods and demons the deceased would meet there. Images also show the critical ‘weighing of the heart’ – the judgment determining whether the individual would be admitted to the afterlife or condemned to terrible destruction. The exhibition focuses on the most important papyri (many of which cannot be on permanent display for conservation reasons) and includes the complete papyrus of Hunefer (one of the most beautifully painted of all) and the longest Book of the Dead known (measuring 37 metres), as well as coffins, masks, statues, amulets and items of funerary jewellery. Exhibits drawn from the British Museum’s own collection are supplemented by loans from major international museums. www.artfund/events

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Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org