Papyrus Vatican Inv. 38573


knowledge domains
Alternative Names
Papyrus Vatikan 19a (Marucchi 1902) Papyrus Vatikan 36 (Marucchi 1891)
Present location
Europe » Vatican » Vatican City » Museo Gregoriano Egizio

Inventory number: 38573

Find spot
Era and Dynasty Dates » Pharaonic Period » New Kingdom » 19th Dynasty, Era and Dynasty Dates » Pharaonic Period » New Kingdom » 20th Dynasty
Text type
Magic spells
Organic » Fiber (from plants and animals) » Papyrus
Object type
Artefact » Writing surfaces » Scroll
Egyptian-Coptic » Egyptian » Middle Egyptian, Egyptian-Coptic » Egyptian » Late Egyptian

- Gasse 1993: A. Gasse, Les papyrus hieratiques et hieroglyphiques du Museo Gregoriano Egizio, Monumenti musei e gallerie pontificie. Museo Gregoriano Egizio. Aegyptiaca Gregoriana I (Vaticano 1993), 20 (No. 5), pl. 7–8.

- Marucchi 1891: O. Marucchi, Monumenta Papyracea Aegyptia Bibliothecae Vaticanae (Romae 1891), 91–96, pl. 2–3 (best photos, but the fragments are in the wrong order).

- Suys 1934: P. E. Suys, Le papyrus magique du Vatican, in: Orientalia 3, 1934, 63–87.

Bibliographic references

- Champollion 1825: J.-F. Champollion, Catalogo de’ papiri egiziani della Biblioteca vaticana e notizia piu estesa di une d’esse con breve previo discorso e con susseguenti riflessioni (Roma 1825), 26.

- Erman 1893: A. Erman, Der Zauberpapyrus des Vatikan, in: Zeitschrift für ägyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde 31, 1893, 119–124.

- Marucchi 1902: O. Marucchi, Catalogo del Museo egizio Vaticano con la traduzione dei principali testi geroglifici (Roma 1902), 267–268, 283–286 (No. 19a).

- Stegbauer 2015: K. Stegbauer, Magie als Waffe gegen Schlangen in der ägyptischen Bronzezeit (Borsdorf 2015), 277–290 (Spell 51) (

A complete bibliography can be found here.

Dr. Katharina Stegbauer

Translation and Commentary

For complete metadata, translation, and commentary, see German version.