Welcome to Book of the Dead in 3D

Every image and piece of text has a purpose...

Egyptian coffins are inscribed with spells and images which stand in for spells. All function together as a machine to resurrect the deceased and to guide them safely through the next world. Given this function, its perhaps surprising that the texts from coffins are usually published completely divorced from their position on the coffin. Any additional meaning conferred on the texts by their placement on the surrogate body or relative to each other and the vignettes is lost. In order to understand a coffin as a magical machine, it's necessary to view the spells in 3D so that this relationship can be taken into account.
The aim of this project is to explore the relationship between texts and their positioning on a magical object through building annotated 3D models of coffins displaying the texts and translations.

Recent Additions and News

This coffin was bought on the antiquities market by George Reisner for Phoebe A Hearst, and at the beginning of...Read more

This coffin belonged to a man named Iwefaa, whose name is inserted in the middle of the spells written in...Read more

The sarcophagus lid was probably purchased in Feb. 1900 by W. R. Hearst himself, on a trip to Egypt. Though the...Read more