Papyrus for Nebseni – BM EA9900

Nebseni – nb-sny
Ranke I, pg. 186, 14

Period: 18th Dynasty, reign of Thutmose IV, by style c. 1400 BC

“This papyrus was obtained by Burton at Memphis and was acquired by the Trustees of the British Museum at the sale of his collection in 1836. It measures 77 ft. 7.5 in., by 1 ft. 1.5 in. ; it is mounted, under glass, in thirty-three sheets, and bears the number 9,900. The vignettes and text are in black ink throughout, and only the titles of the Chapters are given in red ; the whole papyrus is most carefully written and is, it would seem, the work of Nebseni himself.

The deceased Nebseni was by profession a scribe, and he held various offices connected with the architect and surveyor’s department attached to the Temple of Ptah at Memphis, and he was in the immediate service of “the lord of the two lands”, his king. His father and mother were called Thena and Mutrestha respectively ; his wife’s name was Seneb or Senseneb. His two sons were called Amsu-mes and Ptah-nies, and his daughter Thent-Men-nefer. The Papyrus of Nebseni contains 77 Chapters”

Source ‘The Chapters of Coming Forth by Day’ by E.A. Wallis Budge 1898, see also Photographs papyrus Nebseni the the BM

See for additional info The Papyrus of Nebseni (BMEA 9900) (British Museum Research Publications) Paperback – December 15, 2002

Funerary papyrus
See the 33 frames in the British Museum

Book of the Dead papyrus for Nebseni

The papyrus is kept in 33 frames and is damaged and decayed in many places. The photos on the British Museum site are of poor quality and are quite discoloured. In the compilation, I brought the colours of the frames between them a bit closer together and tried to sharpen the text. This has made the panorama very large and it may take some time to load
Total length c. 23.6 metres, height avg. 38 cm

Click here to view the 23.6 metres long papyrus (16 Mb)
Composed of photos © The Trustees of the British Museum

BD BM EA9900

In the ritual of weighing the heart, the heart of the deceased is usually weighed in the scales against the feather of the goddess Maat. Here, the deceased Nebseni is weighed against his own heart in the presence of the god Osiris