Side Panel from the Coffin of Amenemope

c. 976-889 BC

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

This panel illustrates one of the same scenes shown on the inside of Nesykhonsu’s coffin, allowing us to compare different artist’s styles. On the right stand the mummies of the priest Amenemope and his wife, Taditkhonsu. Their daughter, called "the lady of the house, Mutemperes," crouches before them with her hands wrapped around Amenenope’s legs in a traditional gesture of mourning. On the left, a priest, dressed in his finest linen garments and panther skin, holds in his upraised hands an incense burner and a curious curved implement typically associated with the "opening of the mouth" ritual, in which the mummy’s mouth was magically opened so that the deceased person could take in food and thus be brought back to life.

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  • Title: Side Panel from the Coffin of Amenemope
  • Date Created: c. 976-889 BC
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 60.4 x 41 x 6 cm (23 3/4 x 16 1/8 x 2 3/8 in.)
  • Provenance: Presumably Thebes. Formerly in the collection of William Amhurst Tyssen-Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst of Hackney, Didlington Hall, Norfolk; Amherst Sale, lot 405, p. 41, pl. XII. Purchased through Howard Carter
  • Type: Funerary Equipment
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1921.1029
  • Medium: gessoed and painted sycamore fig
  • Department: Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Art
  • Culture: Egypt, Thebes, Third Intermediate Period, late Dynasty 21 (1069-945) to early Dynasty 22 (945-715 BC)
  • Credit Line: The Charles W. Harkness Endowment Fund
  • Collection: Egypt - Third Intermediate
  • Accession Number: 1921.1029

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