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Mummy Board of Henettawy (F)

Period:
Third Intermediate Period
Dynasty:
late Dynasty 21
Date:
ca. 1000–945 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb of Henettawy F (MMA 59), MMA excavations, 1923–24
Medium:
Gessoed and painted wood
Dimensions:
L. 171.3 cm (67 7/16 in.); W. 40 cm (15 3/4 in.); D. 16 cm (6 3/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
25.3.184
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126
Henettawy's principal burial equipment consisted of two splendid coffins (25.3.182a, b; 25.3.183a, b) and a mummy board (25.3.184). The coffins and the mummy board are all shaped like wrapped mummies with elaborate masks fastened over the heads.

The mummy board has no pectoral on a necklace. There are, however, two emblems of the scarab that pushes the sun disk, the lower one flanked by two Re-Harakhty falcons that face winged cobras. The lower half of the lid is painted red, indicating a red-dyed cloth wrapping. Over the cloth is a bead netting in diamond patterns, symbolizing the net garment of a goddess, and a single vertical yellow (gold) band on which is written a spell that Osiris utters on behalf of Henettawy.
Museum excavations 1923–24. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1925.

Winlock, Herbert E. 1924. "The Egyptian Expedition 1923-1924: The Museum's Excavations at Thebes." In The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. 19, no. 12 (December, Supplement), p. 22-25, fig. 24.

Lythgoe, Albert M. 1924. "The Egyptian Expedition 1923-1924." In The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. 19, no. 12 (December, Supplement).

Aston, David 2009. Burial Assemblages of Dynasty 21–25: Chronology – Typology – Developments. Contributions to the chronology of the Eastern Mediterranean, vol. 21, Denkschriften der Gesamtakademie, 56. Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, p. 198.

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