Stela of Nesshutefnut

13.12.05.34f

On display

This round topped wooden stela depicts the dead priest Nesshutefnut making offerings to seven gods associated with the afterlife: Osiris, Isis, Nephthys, Re-Harakhte, Hathor, Anubis and Wepwawet. The text below is a hymn to the sun-god Re-Harakhte at dawn. The stela is mounted on two wooden plinths and is topped with a figure of a ba bird. In 1905, John Garstang and his assistant Harold Jones spent three months excavating the site of Hissaya, with an excavation team of 80 people. Hissaya was a burial place used in the Graeco-Roman Period, mainly by priests of Horus from the temple city of Edfu, which is 20 km to the north of the site. The tombs were badly preserved, and had already been excavated and looted when Garstang and Jones arrived. Among the objects they found there and now in World Museum was a Book of the Dead belonging to a man named Djedhor, and the intact burial of a priest of the god Horus called Nesshutefnut. Beside the head of the coffin of Nesshutefnut was a Ptah-Sokar-Osiris figure, a wooden stela and a canopic chest.