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Lid of the sarcophagus of Aset, singer of Amon and wife of Djehutymes

The lid depicts the mummy of the deceased. She wears a wig and a broad collar. On the breast is an image of the sky goddess Nut with outstretched wings. The loss of the inlaid eyes made of valuable materials is presumably due to the plundering of the tomb during the pharaonic period. In her hands she holds cult implements indicating her devotion to Hathor, goddess of fertility: a rattle called a “sistrum” in her right hand, and in her left hand a standard with the head of the goddess, depicted as a cow with a sun disk between her horns. The lid also differs from that of her husband in the absence of a beard and in the rendering of the feet – found by the Hungarian mission that worked here from 1983 onward – which were naked to stress the freedom of movement in the hereafter that the deceased aspired too. The inscribed bands reproduce the bandages that gathered the shroud around the body. They contain utterances by the gods of the netherworld placing the deceased under their protection.

Cat. 2205
Stone / granite, paint
151 x 86 x 52 cm
1279–1213 BCE
New Kingdom
Nineteenth Dynasty
Ramesses II
Thebes, Khokha / tomb of Djehutymes (TT 32)
Drovetti collection (1824)
Sala 05 Basamento
  • L'Egitto fuori dell'Egitto : dalla riscoperta all'egittologia [Convegno Internazionale. Bologna 26-29 marzo 1990], Bologna 1991, p. 359, § 3
    Tipo=Opere biblioteca SottoTipo=Monografia o Opere Autore= Titolo=L'Egitto fuori dell'Egitto : dalla riscoperta all'egittologia [Convegno Internazionale. Bologna 26-29 marzo 1990] Sottotiolo= In= Collana= Opera= Luogo=Bologna Anno=1991 Menzionato=p. 359, § 3 Illustrazione=
  • Donadoni, Anna Maria (a cura di), Passato e futuro del Museo Egizio di Torino: dal museo al museo (Archivi di archeologia), Torino 1989, p. 202
    Tipo=Opere biblioteca SottoTipo= Autore=Donadoni, Anna Maria (a cura di) Titolo=Passato e futuro del Museo Egizio di Torino: dal museo al museo Sottotiolo= In= Collana=Archivi di archeologia Opera= Luogo=Torino Anno=1989 Menzionato=p. 202 Illustrazione=
  • Schreiber, Gábor, The mortuary monument of Djehutymes, vol. 2, in finds from the New Kingdom to the Twenty-Sixth Dynasty (Studia Aegyptiaca Series Maior 2), Budapest 2008, p. 19, n. 33, Photo Plate XXI
    Tipo=Opere biblioteca SottoTipo=Monografia o Opere Autore=Schreiber, Gábor Titolo=The mortuary monument of Djehutymes, vol. 2 Sottotiolo=finds from the New Kingdom to the Twenty-Sixth Dynasty In= Collana=Studia Aegyptiaca Series Maior Opera=2 Luogo=Budapest Anno=2008 Menzionato=p. 19, n. 33 Illustrazione=Photo Plate XXI
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