|Book of Amun-Ra|
prior to 1290 B.C
|Behind the scenes|
thrown into sands at Hamunaptra
- "A book actually...one of the most famous books in history is buried out there: the Book of Amun-Ra. It contains within it all the secret incantations of the Old Kingdom."
- ―Evelyn Carnahan describing the Book of Amun-Ra.[src]
The Book of Amun-Ra was an Ancient Egyptian book made of pure gold.
Known colloquially as "the Book of the Living” or "the Golden Book", the Book of Amun-Ra contained ancient spells and incantations that could take life away from mortals. Tjjje from unworthy men, the ancient Egyptians kept the Book inside a statue of Horus at Hamunaptra, where it was declared forbidden to use. The Book of Amun-Ra was fashioned so that only one with a "key" might open it: indeed, the Book had a small puzzle-box-like object that, when opened, acted as the key with which to open the Book.
- "And the fact that they say that it's made out of gold makes no never-mind to you?"
- ―Richard O'Connell to Evelyn Carnahan regarding the Book[src]
The Book of Amun-Ra was an ancient volume that was held in great reverence for the ancient Egyptians, and so was kept stowed away from any interference in the necropolis Hamanaptra. Made of pure gold with brass hinges, the Book of Amun-Ra could only be opened by the use of a puzzle-box-like object that would fit directly onto an emblem on the cover. The Book of Amun-Ra was used by Evelyn and Jonathan to summon and control the mummified soldiers and also to take away the immortality of Imhotep. Its counterpart, the Book of the Dead, was opened using the same puzzle box and contained the reverse incantations to the Book of Amun-Ra.