Hilton Price Number
Object Type
Tomb equipment, Mummy trappings, Hypocephalus
Graeco-Roman Period
Ptolemaic Period
Textile/fibres (Linen)
Egypt, Thebes/Luxor
Diameter: 6"
Number of Elements

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Hypocephalus, or disk of linen, which was prescribed by the 162nd Chapter of the Book of the Dead, entitled " a chapter of causing heat to exist under the head of the Khu," to be placed under the heads of deceased persons. This was practised between the XXVIth and XXXth dynasties, in order to maintain the warmth of the sun in the dead body. The linen is covered with stucco, principally light brown, with hieroglyphic inscriptions written in black, also on green ground; the vignettes are painted upon white. Round the margin is an inscription, "a royal offering to Osiris, lord of the west, great god, lord of the underworld, giving life in Amenti, Teschaki, Osiris, etc., etc." Dia. 6 in. Thebes.


Price, Frederick George Hilton (1897) A catalogue of the Egyptian antiquities in the possession of F. G. Hilton Price. London: Quaritch. Anonymous (1911). Catalogue of the important and extensive collection of Egyptian antiquities, the property of the late F. G. Hilton-Price, Esq. [...] : which will be sold by auction by Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge [...] on Wednesday, 12th July, 1911, and two following days, and on Monday, the 17th of July, and four following days. London: Davy. Mekis, Tamás 2020. The hypocephalus: an ancient Egyptian funerary amulet. Archaeopress Egyptology 25. Oxford: Archaeopress. [p. 242, nr. 105]