Saturday, August 6, 2016
Mummy Things at Museum of Man
8:11pm


Mummy Coffin
Late Period, 26th-30th Dynasty, ca 663 BCE to 343 BCE
Martin and Maria Paul Collection, Museum of Man

"Standing just under six feet in height, this anthropoid coffin is made of imported cedar planks joined together by wooden dowels and a mixture of sawdust, glue, and Nile mud. The deceased is shown with a red-ochre painted face, indicating that he is male. He wears a blue and yellow striped wig. At the top of the head is a painted Scarab beetle, a symbol of resurrection. The ears have been delicately outlined in black paint, and appear to be pierced--a very rare occurrence. A large collar depicting various types of beads, amulets and flower petals is painted over the chest. The terminals of the collar have falcon heads, representing the god Horus. The remaining portion of the body has been painted with thick coats of white paint over its original coarse linen and gesso (glue and gypsum plaster) surface. A column of hieroglyphs extends down the body over the footbox.

"Above the column is the jackal, Anubis, holding a flail of power and a Maat feather of truth. The Four Sons of Horus are standing on either side of him, all holding scepters that are reserved for deities. [Was scepters, meaning Power] Below the Four Sons of Horus are two figures holding Maat feathers, symbolizing the rebirth into the Afterlife.


A sketchy version of the standard "An offering which the king gives..."


If there was an info card, I did not photograph it...


Two jackals (Anubis and Wepwawet?), then the Four Sons of Horus, then Sokar(?) ...


The goddess Nut, with wings and outstretched arms to embrace the soul of the deseased...
Osiris is to the left below her and Thoth is to her right...


If there was an info card, I did not photograph it...


Overview of one exhibit area...


Limestone sarcophagus face, Ptolemaic era...


The two fragments below the face are also from the same sarcophagus, Qebehsenuef under this link...


A bit cross-eyed, ain't he?


The goddess Nut on a mummy board


Dates from the Late Period, 712332 BCE

"This typical funerary inscription reads "A boon which the king gives to Osiris, Khenti-Ament (Osiris as Foremost of the Westerners, meaning those living in the underword, the great god, lord of Abydos that he may give invocation-offerings consisting of beer, oxen, and fowl." Through this formula, it was hoped that offerings to the god, made by the king, would be shared with the deceased. The inscription has several errors indicating it was done by someone unskilled at writing." (From info card)


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