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Box of the coffin of Mentuirdis

The set of coffins of Mentuirdis, another “Cultivator of Lotus Flowers in the Temple of Amon”, but a member of a different family, is the most complete example among the group of coffins Schiaparelli found in the tomb reused by Khaemwaset. It includes the box of the outer coffin and both elements of the middle and inner coffins. It thus offers an overview of the main decorative themes and schemes of the period. On the floor board of the outer coffin is an elaborate representation of the “Goddess of the Sycamore”. Further down is a large image of the god Ptah-Sokar-Osiris along with the goddess Maat, both of whom are encircled by a large serpent. The decoration of the lid of the middle coffin follows the “single column” arrangement, while the inner one bears a “vignettes” decoration. The decoration of the inner coffin is dominated by an image of the goddess of the West (lid) and of the djed-pillar (box), an Osirian symbol expressing the rebirth of the deceased.

S. 5221
Wood, paint
244.5 x 98.5 x 47 cm
722–525 BCE
Late Period
Twenty-fifth - Twenty-sixth Dynasty
Valley of the Queens / Tombs of Khaemwaset (QV 44) and Setherkhepeshef (QV43)
Schiaparelli excavations (1903-1905)
Sala 08 Vetrina 10
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    Tipo=Opere biblioteca SottoTipo=Monografia o Opere Autore= Titolo=Nefer : la donna nell' Antico Egitto: Milano, Palazzo Reale 27 gennaio - 9 aprile 2007 Sottotiolo= In= Collana= Opera= Luogo=Milano Anno=2007 Menzionato=p. 32 Illustrazione=pp. 32-33
  • D'Amicone, Elvira (a cura di), Sarcófagos del Antiguo Egipto: jardineros de Amón en el Valle de las Reinas: expósicion presentada en el Museu Egipci de Barcelona, 13 de marzo de 2008-13 de abril de 2009, Barcellona 2008, p. 114, p. 114, 115
    Tipo=Opere biblioteca SottoTipo=Monografia o Opere Autore=D'Amicone, Elvira (a cura di) Titolo=Sarcófagos del Antiguo Egipto: jardineros de Amón en el Valle de las Reinas: expósicion presentada en el Museu Egipci de Barcelona, 13 de marzo de 2008-13 de abril de 2009 Sottotiolo= In= Collana= Opera= Luogo=Barcellona Anno=2008 Menzionato=p. 114 Illustrazione=p. 114, 115
  • Guzzon, Edoardo, “I coltivatori dei fiori di loto del tempio di Amon”, in Alessandro Mengozzi, Mauro Tosco (eds.), Sounds and words through the ages: Afroasiatic studies from Turin (StudiUm Dost: Critical Studies 14), 2013, p. 298
    Tipo=Estratto SottoTipo=Estratto Autore=Guzzon, Edoardo Titolo=I coltivatori dei fiori di loto del tempio di Amon Sottotiolo=Alessandro Mengozzi, Mauro Tosco (eds.) In=Sounds and words through the ages: Afroasiatic studies from Turin Collana=StudiUm Dost: Critical Studies Opera=14 Luogo= Anno=2013 Menzionato=p. 298 Illustrazione=
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