Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

Visited on 22nd April 2015

The Chester Beatty Library was established in Dublin, Ireland in 1950, to house the collections of mining magnate, Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. Set in the grounds of Dublin Castle it has some wonderful gardens surrounding it.

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It is an art museum and library which houses the great collection of manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts assembled by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). Its rich collections from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe opens a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world.

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Address: Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, Ireland.

Opening Hours: March to October: Monday to Friday, 10.00 A.M. to 5.00 P.M.

November to February: Tuesday to Friday, 10.00 A.M. to 5.00 P.M (Closed Mondays).

Saturday, 11.00 A.M. to 5.00 P.M. (All year), Sunday, 1.00 P.M. to 5.00 P.M. (All year)

Free Entry (No photography without permission)

Telephone: +353 1 407 0750

Website: http://www.cbl.ie/

Egyptian Artefacts

In comparison with later periods, the collection of Ancient Egyptian papyrus manuscripts is relatively small.

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Apart from the single roll containing the Love Poems and other texts from Deir el-Medina, the remaining manuscripts are largely a collection of miscellaneous funerary or business texts from 1800 BC to the Roman period.

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The earliest items – a number of fragmentary Lahun documents – have been dated to 1800 BC and there are several books of the dead (tenth/ninth century BC to first century AD), but most are in a fragmentary state except for the Book of the Dead of the Lady Neskons (c. 300 BC). Other documents include accounts, contracts and registrations.

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The Contendings of Horus and Seth is a mythological story from the Twentieth dynasty of Ancient Egypt found in the first sixteen pages of the Papyrus Chester Beatty I and deals with the battles between Horus and Seth to determine who will succeed Osiris as king.

The Chester Beatty Medical Papyrus is one of the extant medical papyri from ancient Egypt. It is dedicated to magical incantations against headaches and remedies for anorectal ailments and is dated around 1200 BC.

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The Bodmer Papyri are a group of twenty-two papyri discovered in Egypt in 1952. They are named after Martin Bodmer who purchased them. The papyri contain segments from the Old and New Testaments, early Christian literature, Homer and Menander. The oldest, dates to c. 200.

 

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