About this object

Ta-enty’s small undecorated tomb was just big enough to hold her mummy nested inside two coffins. The lid of her inner coffin is mummiform in shape and has a brilliantly painted exterior. It has a yellow painted face and a wig striped in red, blue and yellow. Around the neck is worn a broad collar of beads and lotus petals. Below is an image of the sun god at dawn in the form of a ram-headed falcon. Like the sun, Ta-enty wanted to be reborn every day. Painted on the footboard are three columns of text inscribed for Ta-enty but the text is damaged. Ta-enty’s name is a little bit of a mystery to us. It means ‘she who’ and we think this is probably an ancient error made by the artist who spelt her name incorrectly. The text also mentions her ‘good name’ which may be Baket-en-heret-nenet, meaning ‘servant of the upper and lower sky’. This is a very unusual name as it refers to places in the Underworld. An earlier reading by Professor Percy Newberry was Bak-en-heret-nakht.

Ta-enty's intact tomb was found during John Garstang's excavations at Kostamneh (Nubia) in 1906. The rock cut tomb was given the number 200K. II 06. It is now lost beneath the waters of Lake Nasser. John Garstang describes the discovery in his handwritten report to the excavation committee: “To the north of the chief necropolis were a few tombs of pure Egyptian character of the New Empire, probably the graves of the officials concerned in the governing of this site. The above shows the door of the tomb built up with stones: upon removing these there was seen the rather good mummy case of one “Antï”, and excellent mummy within which has not bee disturbed in any way. Date about XX Dyn.”

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Third Intermediate Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Kostamneh
  • Date made
    1069 - 664 BC
  • Materials
    Wood and Pigment
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Mr. Theodore Davis
  • Collector
    Theodore M Davis
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Kostamneh
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    230 mm x 467 mm x 1788 mm x 14.5 kg
  • Related people
    Theodore M Davis ( Collector, previous owner); Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology ( Previous owner)
  • Related documents/media

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  • Catalogue of Exhbition of Egyptian Antiquities

    Publisher: Institute of Archaeology, University of Liverpool
    Date: 1906
    Description: Catalogue of Exhbition of Egyptian Antiquities Inaugrated July 10th, 1906, by the Right Hon. The Earl of Derby, K.G., G.C.B., LL.D. Held by Courtesy of the Chairman of the Museums Committee and the Director of the Museums in the Upper Transept of the Lord Derby Museum, Public Museums, Liverpool. July 10th - 26th, 1906.

  • Egyptian Treasures in Europe volume 4: National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside, Liverpool

    Andrea Davies; Dirk van der Plas (ed)

    Author: Andrea Davies; Dirk van der Plas (ed)
    Publisher: Utrecht University
    Date: 2001
    Description: CD ROM with 1500 objects from World Museum's Egyptian collection, including some destroyed in World War Two. This is now available online: http://www.globalegyptianmuseum.org/default.aspx


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