"Sennefer & Meryt"
Papyrus Painting

Artwork and translation Jenny Carrington.

Transliteration and translation here.



Ritual East wall...

East wall - right of doorway.

Going forth on the earth to see the sun-disk in the course of every day, the Mayor of the Southern City, Sennefer, true of voice.

His beloved companion of his affection, the Musician of Amon, Meryt, true of voice.

Walking on the earth in the day-time by the Mayor, Sennefer, true of voice, and the Mistress of the House, the Musician of Amon, Meryt, true of voice.

An offering which the king gives Osiris, Ruler of Eternity, that he may give offerings of bread and beer, oxen and fowl, everything good and pure, all which goes upon his altar in the course of every day, for the Ka of the Mayor of the Southern City, Sennefer, true of voice, and his beloved companion, Musician of Amon, Meryt, true of voice.


- above doorway.

Anubis, who is in the Place of Embalming, Lord of the Necropolis.


- doorway, horizontal inscriptions.

An offering which the king gives Amon Re, King of the Gods, that he may give coming and going from his temple to the Ka of the Mayor of the Southern City, Sennefer, true of voice.

An offering which the king gives Mut, Mistress of Isheru, that she may give life, prosperity, health, alertness, favour and love to the Ka of the Mayor of the Southern City, Sennefer, true of voice.


- doorway, vertical inscriptions.

An offering which the king gives Hathor, Mistress of Denderah, that she may give a good life to the Ka of the Mayor of the Southern City, Sennefer, true of voice.

An offering which the king gives Osiris, Ruler of Eternity, that he may give [...] to the Ka of the Overseer of the Gardens of Amon, Sennefer, (true of voice).

An offering which the king gives Wennefer, the Great One in Abydos, that he may give rest(?) [...] to the Mayor, Sennefer.

An offering which the king gives Anubis, that he may give offerings of bread and beer, oxen and fowl to the Mayor Sennefer.


- left of doorway. The sem priest purifies Sennefer and Meryt.

Making libation and censing. This is your purification, Osiris, Mayor of the Southern City, Sennefer, true of voice. This is your purification, so that you may go forth with Horus, you may go forth with your son. I have come bringing the Eye of Horus so your heart may be purified with it.

You have brought it under your two feet, under your two sandals. Take to yourself the efflux (?) which goes forth with you, your heart is weary, from coming and going, under and over.(?) [Four times]
Twice purified, Osiris, Mayor of the Southern City, Sennefer, true of voice.

- Offerings

1000 of bread
1000 of beer
1000 of oxen
1000 of fowl
1000 of everything good and pure for your ka.

- Sennefer and Meryt

The Mayor of the Southern City, who makes praises for the Good God, the noble Sennefer, true of voice, and his beloved companion of his affection, Musician of Amun, Meryt, true of voice, in the necropolis.




Ritual North wall

Ritual West wall

Ritual South wall

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