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Inner Coffin of the Singer of Amun Nany

Third Intermediate Period
Dynasty 21
reign of Psusennes I
ca. 1050 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb of Meritamun (TT 358, MMA 65), second corridor, MMA excavations, 1928–29
Coniferous wood, Sycomore, mud, glue, stucco, paint, varnish, linen
l. 192 cm (75 9/16 in); w. 60 cm 23 5/8 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1930
Accession Number:
30.3.24a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126
The mistress of the house Nany was a ritual singer for the cult of Amun-Re, the great god of Thebes and principal deity of the Egyptian pantheon. She also held the title "king's daughter" suggesting that she was a daughter of the High Priest of Amun, Painedjem I who adopted the titles of a king.

The coffins were originally inscribed for Tentabekhnet, Nany's mother, whose name was replaced in the most important sections of the text, but not everywhere.
Excavated in the tomb of Queen Meritamun (TT 358, MMA 65), 1928-29. Acquired by the Metropolitan Museum in the division of Finds, 1930.

Winlock, Herbert E. 1929. "The Egyptian Expedition 1928–1929: The Museum's Excavations at Thebes." In The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. 24, no. 11 (November, Supplement), p. 19-28, fig. 22.

Jansen-Winkeln, Karl 2007. Inschriften der Spätzeit, Teil I: Die 21. Dynastie. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, p. 33. cat. 3.58.

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. 202.

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