Nesy–Khonsu was a daughter of Smendes II, and also niece of Pinudjem II, both of whom were successive High–Priest’s of Amen at Thebes who ruled that part of Egypt during the 21st Dynasty. Nesy–Khonsu was perhaps a favoured member of the harem of Pinudjem II as she became his first wife. She bore him four children, before her death in Year 5 of the reign of Tanite king Si–Amun. Nesy–Khonsu was buried in the tomb known as the Royal Cache (DB 320) at Thebes, Deir el–Bahari. A lady of considerable importance, Nesy–Khonsu was Supreme Chief of the Harem of Amun, a title given on the present shabti. On a wooden stela also found in the Royal Cache she was also a Priestess of Khnum, Superintendent of the Southern Lands, and Vicereine of Nubia.

The text is in five horizontal bands around the lower part of the body, within borders. It translates as: The Osiris, the Supreme Chief of the Harem of Amun, Nesy–Khonsu, justified, she speaks: O, these shabtis, if one counts, if one reckons Nesy–Khonsu to do the works that are to be done there in the realm of the dead – to irrigate the river banks, to cultivate the fields, to ferry the sand of the west to the east, {to ferry sand of the west to the east:} ‘here I am,’ when you call your female servant.


  • Title: Shabti of Nesy-khonsu
  • Location Created: Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes: Deir el Bahri
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 182 mm x 58 mm x 38 mm
  • Rights: Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum
  • Medium: Egyptian Faience

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