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.

The Judgment of the Dead
The Declaration of Innocence or Purifications


1. I have not committed sin.
2. I have not committed robbery with violence.
3. I have not stolen.
4. I have not slain men and women.
5. I have not stolen grain.
6. I have not purloined offerings.
7. I have not stolen the property of God.
8. I have not uttered lies.
9. I have not carried away food.
10. I have not uttered curses.
11. I have not committed adultery, I have not lain with men.
12. I have made none to weep.
13. I have not eaten the heart.
14. I have not attacked any man.
15. I am not a man of deceit.
16. I have not stolen cultivated land.
17. I have not been an eavesdropper.
18. I have not slandered [no man].
19. I have not been angry without just cause.
20. I have not debauched the wife of any man.
21. I have not debauched the wife of [any] man.
22. I have not polluted myself.
23. I have terrorized none.
24. I have not transgressed [the law].
25. I have not been wroth.
26. I have not shut my ears to the words of truth.
27. I have not blasphemed.
28. I am not a man of violence.
29. I have not been a stirrer up of strife.
30. I have not acted with undue haste.
31. I have not pried into matters.
32. I have not multiplied my words in speaking.
33. I have wronged none, I have done no evil.
34. I have not worked witchcraft against the king.
35. I have never stopped [the flow of] water.
36. I have never raised my voice.
37. I have not cursed God.
38. I have not acted with arrogance.
39. I have not stolen the bread of the gods.
40. I have not carried away the khenfu cakes from the
      spirits of the dead.
41. I have not snatched away the bread of the child,
      nor treated with contempt the god of my city.
42. I have not slain the cattle belonging to the god.
The papyrus is the Book of the Dead of Maiherpri, a child of royal nursery and royal fan-bearer, found in his tomb in the Valley of the Kings (KV36) in 1899 by Loret.

Who's Who in Ancient Egypt (Who's Who), Michael Rice, Routledge, 1999

For more information see N. Reeves and R. Wilkinson, The Complete Valley of the Kings (1996) and J. Romer, Valley of the Kings (1981).

Nubians at Hierakonpolis: Maiherpri
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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.
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