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Coffin of Nesymendjam

Nesimendjam, son of Tadiaset-taheket, is the first known member of the family to bear the title of “Cultivator of Lotus Flowers in the Temple of Amon”. Only a box and a lid remain of his set of coffins. Judging by their dimensions, they could belong to the middle coffin. This is a good example of a decorative style typical of the 25th Dynasty, dating from early 7th century B.C., which focused on the theme of the resurrection of the dead as Osiris. Two large registers depict the deceased on his funerary bed. Special emphasis is given, slightly higher up, to the main register with the scene of the “Weighing of the Heart”, above which a solar disk stands out, almost as if to mark the three moments of the journey into the hereafter. Columns of text alternate with the depicted registers, while the wesekh collar covers the upper portion between the shoulders and chest. Inside the coffin, Schiaparelli found a mummy wrapped in a shroud dyed red.

S. 5227
Wood, paint
lid 212.5 x 44 x 65 cm
box 220 x 76 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 08
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