The Royal Canon Library: Volume 17

General Catalogue of the Museum of Antiquities in Turin

Ariodante Fabretti


The catalogue number for the papyrus originate from this, the official first catalogue of the museum. In the Nineteenth century, the list of kings was thought to be the original document (i.e. on the recto), which has been disproved by modern studies. The tax-list is the original document, thus on the recto (front), and the king list on the verso (back).

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13. — Civic hieratic papyri with royal cartouches

1874. An opistographic hieratic Papyrus, composed of tiny fragments glued on blotting paper, 2.31 m wide, 0.46 tall. This papyrus, called a royal chronology, written on both sides, contain on the recto a series of royal cartouches, starting from the divine dynasties until the Nineteenth Dynasty; and on the verso, in the midst of accounting records, you find the cartouche of Ramesses II, which determines the date of the papyrus. The illustrious Seyffarth arranged it in its present state. Mr. Lepsius published the recto of the papyrus in 1842 in his Auswahl der witchtigsten Urkunden des Aegyptischen Alterthums, and afterwards Mr. Wilkinson published the verso (Orcurti, II 129, n. 1). - Upper floor, room I. n. 126.