The two funerary papyri of Queen Nedjmet(P. BM EA 10490 and P. BM EA 10541 + Louvre E. 6258)
This paper aims to present the preliminary results of a new study of two funerary papyriof the Third Intermediate Period.
They were both written for a Queen Nedjmet and they
probably date from the rst part of Dynasty 21. The rst papyrus is divided between theBritish Museum and the Musée du Louvre (P. BM EA 10541 + Louvre E. 6258), and thesecond belongs to the British Museum (P. BM EA 10490). Despite their difference in contentand style, it is generally believed that the two papyri belonged to the same person, andthat they originate from the Royal Cache in Deir el-Bahari. Both papyri are well known toEgyptologists, but none has been completely studied, even if Budge published the secondone (1899).
The owner of the papyri
It is generally assumed that the two papyri belonged to the same person, Queen Nedjmet, wife of the High Priest of Amun Herihor at the beginning of Dynasty 21, and that they originate from the Royal Cache in Deir el-Bahari. The end of the New Kingdom and thebeginning of Dynasty 21 has been the subject of much discussion in recent years, but this isnot the purpose of this paper; however, it is appropriate here to consider the identity of the
owner of these papyri.
Who was Nedjmet and why did she have two Books of the Dead? Or were there twoNedjmets? The answers are not straightforward, though a Queen Nedjmet is well knownfrom the end of Dynasty 20 and the beginning of Dynasty 21. Nedjmet is given the following
P. BM EA 10541 + Louvre E. 6258
Lady of the Two Lands, King’s Mother NedjmetKing’s Mother of the Lord of the Two Lands, God’s Mother of Khons-the-child, Chief of the Harim of Amonrasonther, Chief Noblewoman, Lady of the Two Lands, Nedjmet
P. BM EA 10490
King’s Mother Nedjmet, daughter of the King’s Mother HerereKing’s Mother, Who has borne the Strong Bull, Lady of the two LandsIn both papyri, she is designated ‘King’s Mother,’ but it is not clear which pharaoh this refers
Two grafti in Luxor could indicate that she was Pinedjem I’s mother (Taylor 1998, 1151– 52). As we know the father of Pinedjem was the High Priest Piankh, we can deduce Nedjmet
A new study and translation of these two papyri, which will be compared to other manuscripts of the sameperiod, will be published as part of the series
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