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 The Coffin and mummy of Neskhons

Who was Neskhons ?

the wife of Pinudjem II,

has on her coffin- (and is described as)

'first chief of the concubines of Amen-Re, King of the Gods, majordomo of the house of Mut the great, lady of Ashru; prophetess of Anhur-Shu the son of Re; prophetess of Min, Horus, and Isis in Ipu; prophetess of Horus, lord of Diuef; god's mother of Khons the child, first one of Amen-Re, King of Gods; and chief of the noble ladies'

 

Her mummy is one the finest examples of the art of mummification in the 21st Dynasty, the packing of the body and limbs is to a perfect level and shows none of the over packing usually seen in other mummies dating from this period.

 

While her coffins form a set and show all the same design of decoration, they were usurped from an individual called Isiemkheb.

 

 

 

first coffin length 2.06 metres

second coffin - length 1.86 metres

coffin board - length 1.78 metres

 Extract of a papyrus found in the tomb:

'Has spoken Amen-Re, King of the Gods, the great mighty god who was the first to come into being: I will deify Neskhons, the daughter of Thendhout, in the West, I will deify her in the necropolis; I will cause her to receive water of the West, I will cause her to receive offerings in the necropolis....

 

'I will turn the heart of Neskhons, the daughter of Thendhout, and she shall not do any evil thing to Pinudjem, the child of Isemkheb; I will turn her heart, and will not allow her to curtail his life; I will turn her heart, and will not allow her to cause to be done to him anything which is detrimental to the heart of a living man'.