About this object

Upper portion of the polychrome painted coffin lid of the noble lady of the house (nbt pr Spst) Ta-aa, daughter of the Prophet of Amun in Karnak Djedkhonsefankh and the noble lady of the house (nbt pr Spst) Irtybast. Wife of the (Prophet of Montu) lord of Thebes Khonsmose and mother to the Prophet of Montu and Scribe Djedkhonsefankh.

The eyes are inlaid with bronze calcite and obsidian with bronze eyebrows (one now missing). The face is pink, with a wig striped blue and yellow. On top of the headdress is a figure of Nephthys kneeling with outstretched wings. Round the head is a tippet of three rows of lotus petals. The necklace has twelve rows of lotus petals, flowers, rectangles, drop-shaped beads and triangles inlaid with daisies. Below is a figure of Nut wearing a winged disc, kneeling on a facade and extending arms and wings. On either side of the facade there are twelve lines of hieroglyphs. On the inside are two vignettes from the Book of the Dead, one with the deceased adoring the boats of Kheper, Maat, Isis etc; the other with the deceased offering her heart to Isis and three other deities. There are also religious inscriptions with parts of chapters 26, 68 and 101 from the Book of the Dead. The inside is very well preserved but some parts of the exterior were damaged in the fire which destroyed the museum in the Second World War.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Third Intermediate Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date made
    675 BC - 650 BC (Dynasty 25)
  • Materials
    Bronze; Paint; Wood; Plaster; Egyptian Alabaster; Obsidian
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date collected
    19th Century
  • Measurements
    690 mm x 490 mm x 170 mm
  • Note
    A copy of the inscriptions exisit in the archives: one by Professor Peet on the 3 record cards and on by Dr Colin Walters in his unpublished catalogue of coffins in the collection. The name Ta-aa appears in PN1 354 n. 13.
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer ( Collector, previous owner); Joseph Sams ( Previous owner)

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Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Joseph Sams

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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