Mummy Board of the Chantress of Amun-Re Henettawy

Third Intermediate Period

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.

Mummy Board of the Chantress of Amun-Re Henettawy, Gessoed and painted wood

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