Maiherpri, a Nubian prince educated at court with the royal princes, one of which became Amenhotep II. Subsequently Maiherpri held office under that king.
Buried: Thebes, Valley of the Kings, New Kingdom
18th Dynasty, 1427-1392 B.C.
Book of the Dead of Maiherpri
There were "42" Confessions with "42" judges. One must pass these "Confessions" after practicing holiness to achieve an acceptable death of immortality. The "Confessions" is one of the most distinctive, innovative and best known features of the Book of the Dead.
The 42 declarations were found on papyrus in the tomb of the Nubian Maiherperi.
Maiherpri, now Justified (or found "True of Voice") by the scales, greets the Divine Herd in this illustration of Chapter 148 of The Book of the Dead. The Herd consists of seven cows and one bull. Before each animal stands a table on which offerings of food and drink have been left. The cows and bull with their food offerings guarantee continuing sustenance and virility for Maiherpri in the Underworld.
Papyrus photos are from the Official Catalogue: The Egyptian Museum, Cairo (Verlag Philipp von Zabern, 1987.)
Jars, Vases & Bowls: Vessels of numerous shapes and materials were found in Maiherpri's tomb, some of which still remained sealed. The terracotta bowl on the lower left of this plate contained small pieces of bread along with sycamore leaves, some of which were still attached to their twigs. KV 36 had been robbed in antiquity, and most of the portable metal objects and expensive linens normally included in high status burials were conspicuously absent when Loret discovered the tomb. However, some of the jar sealings remained intact and a few of the jars still contained their original contents.
Prayers and Hymns: By the 18th Dynasty, spell 127 (beginning with the manuscript of Maiherperi dating to the reign of Amenhotep II), and as spell 180 in the early 19th Dynasty, beginning with the sarcophagus of Seti I. Spell 127, addresses the 42 "gods in the caverns" and associated them with the guardians of the gates of the netherworld. Here, we also find the only mention of the Place of Annihilation in the Book of the Dead. Later, we also find spell 127 is in the tombs of Ramesses IV (tomb) and Ramesses VI.