Shabti Box of Kenen and Tamyt



Shabti box inscribed for Kenen, 'Overseer of Followers', of the 20th Dynasty. Kenen is seen with his wife making prayers before Osiris and Isis on one side and Re-Horakhty and Maat on the other. Kenen's wife is called Tamyt and she is described as the 'Lady of the House' [nbt-pr]. The box that was constructed to hold a group of shabti figures is pylon shaped and divided into three sections with three domed lids, rather like a granary. The scenes are painted on a white background and the surfaces are damaged in places. According to Ranke's study of names in ancient Egypt, Kenen [qnn] is frequently attested in the New Kingdom (Ranke vol. 1, p. 335 no. 19). Catalogued by Charles Gatty, "221. Sepulchral box, in sycamore wood, painted; with representations of a man named Khen-nem, a superintendent of servants, who adores Osiris, Isis, Ma, and Ra. H. 14 ½ in.” (1879, p. 42).