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Title: The Apis Embalming Ritual (P. Vindob 3873)
Author: Vos, R L
Publisher: Peeters; Publication Date: 1992
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789068314380
Volumes: 1; Pages: 423
List Price in Cloth: $120.00 Our price: $95.99
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This book is the first complete edition of a hieratic-demotic papyrus preserved to this day in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The papyrus dates back to the middle of the second century B.C. and contains a minute discription of a considerable part of the embalming and burial rites of the Apis, the sacred bull of the Egyptians. The Vienna papyrus is the only authentic document to give a coherent picture of the course of events during the embalming of the holy animal, adding substantially to what we know already from the Serapeum stelae and the classical writers, comprises a general introduction, a translation with commentary, an annotated transcription, a glossary, several indexes and photos of the text.