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Fundraising for the Ebers Papyrus

A project by Leipzig University Library supported bei Leipzig University

A unique legacy

The 3,500-year-old Ebers Papyrus preserved at Leipzig University Library is the world’s longest, only complete, and best-preserved papyrus scroll devoted to ancient Egyptian medicine. It was acquired in Luxor by Georg Ebers, an Egyptologist from Leipzig, who produced a printed facsimile of it for research purposes in 1875.
When it was found, the Ebers Papyrus was still a continuous papyrus scroll nearly 19 metres long. To facilitate its conservation, on arrival in Leipzig, it was cut into 29 pieces and preserved under glass. Since then, it has no longer been possible to display the papyrus to the public in one piece.

The planned showroom

In 2019, Leipzig University Library will produce a full-size replica of the Ebers Papyrus.  Printed on Egyptian papyrus, this new facsimile will go on permanent display inside its own separate showroom in the foyer of Bibliotheca Albertina. The scroll will be placed inside a display case with a length of 11 metres alongside information about it for visitors. The Ebers Papyrus – an outstanding document of Egyptian high culture and one of the greatest treasures of Leipzig University Library – will thus be exhibited in its impressive full length for the very first time.

We’re urgently seeking patrons and sponsors to help us build the showroom and display case for the Ebers Papyrus. For more details, please visit fundraising.papyrusebers.de. The Bibliotheca Albertina Friends Association is dedicated to supporting this aim.


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