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The Papyrus of Ani is a papyrus manuscript written in cursive hieroglyphs and illustrated with color miniatures created in the 19th dynasty of the New Kingdom of Ancient Egypt (c.1250 B.C.).

Egyptians often compiled an individualized book for each person at their death, called the "Book of Going Forth by Day". This book is more commonly known as the Book of the Dead. It usually contained declarations and spells to help the deceased in their afterlife. The "Book of the Dead" for scribe Ani from Thebes is the manuscript called the Papyrus of Ani.

It was purchased in 1888 by Sir E. A. Wallis Budge for the collection of the British Museum where it remains today. Before shipping the manuscript to England, Budge cut the seventy-eight foot scroll into thirty-seven sheets of nearly equal size, damaging the scroll's integrity at a time when technology had not yet allowed the pieces to be put back together.


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01 16 Hymns
02 36 Praises of Khert-Neter
03 08 Seven Arits
04 10 Pylons of the House of Osiris
05 05 Speeches
06 22 Hail Thoths
07 32 Chapter Collection 1
08 20 Homages
09 19 Miscellaneous (Hymns, Hails, Homage, Chapter, Rubric)
10 18 Chapter Collection 2
11 20 Funeral Chamber Texts
note: Divisions vary based on compilations. 'Sections' are groups of related sentences; not a true English grammatical construct. Titles are not original to the text.

See alsoEdit


  • The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day, The First Authentic Presentation of the Complete "Papyrus of Ani", Introduction and commentary by Dr. Ogden Goelet, Translation by Dr. Raymond O. Faulkner, Preface by Carol Andrews, Featuring Integrated Text and Full Color Images, (Chronicle Books, San Francisco) c1994, Rev. ed. c1998. Contains: Map Key to the Papyrus, Commentary by Dr. Ogden Goelet, Selected Bibliography, and "Glossary of Terms and Concepts".
  • Eternal Egypt: Masterworks of Ancient Art from the British Museum, Edna Russmann.
  • The Egyptian Book of the Dead: (The Papyrus of Ani), (Dover Ed., New York), c1895, Dover ed., 1967. Egyptian Text Transliteration and Translation, Introduction, etc. by Sir E.A.Wallis Budge.

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