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Holger Kockelmann, Untersuchungen zu den sputen Totenbuch Handschriften aufMumienbinden. Vol. 1 (in two parts): Die Mumien binden und Leinenamulette des memphitischen Priesters Hor. Vol. 2:
Handbuch zu den Mumienbinden und Leinenamuletten. Studien zum
altigyptischen Totenbuch 12. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2008. Vol.
1.1: xx + 227 pages; vol. 1.2: viii + 161 plates; vol. 2: xiii + 466 pages.
This massive work is a revised version of a dissertation submitted to the
University ofBonn in 2005. The bookcomprises two sections. In the firstvolume
(in two parts) Kockelmann publishes the mummy bandages of a Memphite
Priest, Horus, probably from the early to middle Ptolemaic period (1.1:46 -47).1 They are photographically documented in 73 plates (in 1.1); a complete
hieroglyphic transcription (together with the vignettes) is given in 1.2. In the
second volume he offers a general handbook for the study of inscribed mummy
bandages. The author has obviously invested an enormous amount of thought
and time in the publication of the mummy bandages of Horus and in the
subject in general. With these formidable volumes, beautifully organized and
presented, he has excellently succeeded in making the topic more accessible
and in revealing its intrinsic importance. The abundant indices and crossreferences greatly aid the reader in navigating between the volumes. Clearly,
this publication will become the standard reference work on the subject.
As Kockelmann remarks, this class of text, while widely distributed
throughout museum collections, has been rather neglected. He estimates that
there are more than "2000 Fragmente von mindestens 233 verschiedenen Totenbuch-Exemplaren auf Mumienbinden bekannt, die in fiber 80 Sammlungen, verteilt auf rund 20 Lindern, verwahrt werden" (1.1:1). Despite numerous
excellent studies and individual articles,2 as a class of text, mummy bandages
' Kockelmann prefaces his edition of the mummy bandages of Horus with a detailed account of the widely scattered individual pieces, found in Berlin, London, and
New York (1.1:1-9). Similarly, the technical data presented (1.1:49-76) are almost overwhelming. Indeed, I have seldom seen such an amount of information offered to the
reader in an editio princeps.
2 E.g., A. De Caluwe, Un Livre des Morts sur bandelette de momie (Bruxelles, Musies
royaux dArt et d'Histoire E. 6179) (Bibliotheca Aegyptiaca 18; Brussels 1991). Of works