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NME 004 :: Coffin

Object description

Mummy coffin for the woman Isisirdis.

Anthropoid outer coffin, painted in polychrome, representing the deceased wearing a tripartite wig, with a fillet surrounding a sun-disk with two cobras on top of the head, and a broad collar. Below the collar, the lid is divided into five registers, as follows:

I. Winged sun-disk with two cobras, flanked on each side by four columns of text.

II. From the left: balance, with Ammit and baboon; deceased led by Thoth, with Maat behind her; bearded snake; Re-Horakhty; Osiris; Isis; Nephthys; Four sons of Horus.

III. Sixteen columns of text.

IV. Shrine containing recumbent mummy on bier, with crowns and jars below, and winged sun-disk with two cobras above; flanked by single columns of text and a solar raptor with wings before it.

V. Thirteen columns of text.

The upper surface of the feet has an image of a mummified Sokar-raptor, wearing a menat, accompanied by a wadjet-eye, kneeling on a basket upon a striped pedestal.

The lid was fixed to the trough by four tongues on each side of the fitting into corresponding slots in the trough. The latter has its sides adorned with six squatting underworld deities, starting at the head and foot, and separated by sets of five columns of text. The floor of the interior is occupied by a figure of Ptah-Sokar-Osiris; the interior of the head has a sun-disk with a pair of cobras, pendant ankhs and descending stylised rays. The walls have single broad columns of text, the foot a shen-sign with twin sceptres.

Inventory number
NME 004
Old numbers
NME 4; SHM 546
Object
Coffin
Object, Swedish
Kista
Country - Origin
Egypt : Africa
Country, Swedish - Origin
Egypten
Geographic name, alternative
Luxor [?]
Geographic name, alternative - Swedish
Luxor [?]
Provenance - Origin
Luxor [?]
Material
Wood, stuccoed and painted
Material, Swedish
Trä, stuckat och målat
Keyword
Isisirdis
Acquisition
Deposited by National Museum in 1928, to which it had been given by Giovanni Anastasi (1870-1860), later Swedish-Norwegian Consul-General in Egypt 1828-1857, in 1826.
Acquisition, Swedish
Deponerad av Nationalmuseum 1928 till vilken den hade givits av Giovanni Anastasi (1870-1860), senare svensk-norsk konsul i Egypten 1828-1857, 1826.
Description, Swedish

Mumiekista för kvinnan Isisirdis.

Antropoid ytterkista, målad i många färger, representerande den döda bärandes en tredelad peruk med ett hårband som omger en sol-skiva med två kobror ovanpå huvudet och en bred krage. Nedanför kragen är locket uppdelat i fem register enligt nedan:

I. Bevingad solskiva med två kobror flankerade på vardera sida av två kolumner text.

II. Från vänster, vågen med Ammit och babian; den avlidna ledd av Thoth med Maat bakom henne; orm med skägg; Re-Horakhty; Osiris; Isis; Neftys; de fyra Horus-sönerna.

III. Sexton kolumner med text.

IV. Kapell som innehåller en liggande mumie på en bår med kronor och kärl nedanför och en bevingad solskiva med två kobror ovanför; flankerad av enkla rader av text och en solär rovfågel med vingar framför den.

V. Tretton kolumner av text.

Den övre ytan av fötterna har en bild av en mumifierad Sokar-rovfågel som bär en menat, ackompanjerad av ett wadjet-öga, knäböjande på en korg ovanpå en randig piedestal.

Locket var fixerat med tråget genom fyra tungor på vardera sida av infattningen in i motsvarande uttag i tråget. Den senare har sidorna prydda med sex hukande underjords-gudomar som börjar vid huvudet och foten, och separerad av uppsättningar av fem kolumner text. Botten av insidan är ockuperad av en figur av Ptah-Sokar-Osiris; insidan av huvudet har en solskiva med ett par kobror, hängande ankh-tecken och nedåtgående stiliserade strålar. Väggarna har enkla breda kolumner med text, foten har ett shen-tecken med dubbla stavar.

Description

Mummy coffin for the woman Isisirdis.

Anthropoid outer coffin, painted in polychrome, representing the deceased wearing a tripartite wig, with a fillet surrounding a sun-disk with two cobras on top of the head, and a broad collar. Below the collar, the lid is divided into five registers, as follows:

I. Winged sun-disk with two cobras, flanked on each side by four columns of text.

II. From the left: balance, with Ammit and baboon; deceased led by Thoth, with Maat behind her; bearded snake; Re-Horakhty; Osiris; Isis; Nephthys; Four sons of Horus.

III. Sixteen columns of text.

IV. Shrine containing recumbent mummy on bier, with crowns and jars below, and winged sun-disk with two cobras above; flanked by single columns of text and a solar raptor with wings before it.

V. Thirteen columns of text.

The upper surface of the feet has an image of a mummified Sokar-raptor, wearing a menat, accompanied by a wadjet-eye, kneeling on a basket upon a striped pedestal.

The lid was fixed to the trough by four tongues on each side of the fitting into corresponding slots in the trough. The latter has its sides adorned with six squatting underworld deities, starting at the head and foot, and separated by sets of five columns of text. The floor of the interior is occupied by a figure of Ptah-Sokar-Osiris; the interior of the head has a sun-disk with a pair of cobras, pendant ankhs and descending stylised rays. The walls have single broad columns of text, the foot a shen-sign with twin sceptres.

Period
7th Century BC, Late Period [early]
Period, Swedish
7e århundradet e Kr [tidigt]
Name of Person - Photographer
Kaneberg, Ove
alt
Description
Ove Kaneberg, photographer at the The Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm.
Source - http
collections.smvk.se
Exhibition - Current
Egypten, 2014-
alt
Description

The history of Egypt is long, from the first settlements in the Nile Valley around 7000 years ago to the present day. Egypt was for a long period of time ruled by autocratic kings – the pharaohs. At other times, it was part

of larger empires such as the Persian, Roman and Ottoman.

The pharaonic culture was characterised by high conservatism.

Things were – and should be – as they always had been.

Old traditions and ways of thinking lived on, long after the last pharaohs.

They were present in the customs and traditions of the Middle Ages and are present in Egypt today.

Welcome on a walk through the history of Egypt!

Time - Start
2013
Exhibition, Part of - Current
New Egypt, 9, The Tomb
alt
Exhibition, showcase - Current
Egypten 9.1
alt
Exhibition - Previously
Egypten, 1982-2012
alt
Description

The Egyptian exhibition shows various aspects of life in Pharaonic Egypt from 3000 BC to the Christian era. There are also many objects from the prehistoric period, starting around 5000 BC. Most of the objects came to Sweden in the late 19:century, and have been donated to the museum from private collections.

The Egyptian Exhibition contains, in addition to mummified humans, also mummies of cats, birds, fishes and snakes. The Goddess Isis with the child Horus in her lap meets the visitors as they enter the exhibition. The pose she holds occurs commonly in western art where the Virgin Mary with the child Jesus often is portrayed in the same position.

A portrait of the well-known pharaoh Sesostris was donated to Sweden by the Egyptian government in recognition both of Swedish participation when the Assuan-dam was built and of professor Torgny Säve-Söderbergh as an internationally well-known Egyptologist. (www.medelhavsmuseet.se, 2010-09-01)

The exhibition was made already in 1982. In 2002 there was a change, several of the galleries (4-8) on the upper floor were closed.

Time - Start
1982
Time - End
2012
Exhibition, Part of - Previously
Egyptian gallery 2, showcase 02:07
alt
Egypt, Number in Exhibition
33
Egyptenutställningen 2014, English - Label

The outer coffin of Isisridis. The texts on the outside tell us she was a daughter of

a brewer by the name Tjaimenimu and

a woman called Atsha. The god Ptah-Sokar is seen on the bottom of coffin.

Comments
The base of the trough is made of much thinner wood than the rest of the structure and may be of a different type of wood.; By design, probably from Thebes; The object was studied by Aidan Dodson 2012; Outer coffins so-decorated have no independent dating value beyond the broad Twenty-fifth/–sixth Dynasties, reinforced by the ‘unguent cones’ on the heads of the deceased and the Four Sons of Horus being of seventh/sixth century type. (Dodson)
Egyptenutställningen 2014, Swedish - Label
Isisirdis ytterkista. Texterna på kistans utsida berättar att hon var dotter till bryggaren Tjaimenimu och en kvinna kallad Atsha. På insidans botten syns gravguden Ptah-Sokar.
Cf_Publications
Rec. Trav. 16, pl. I, mot s. 16; Bietak, Theben-West 1972, pl. 24 f; Malaise, Antiquités ég., Liege, 28 ff; Tulli, La recenta apertura..., Misc. Gregoriana, 282 ff; Seeber, Totengericht. Lieblein 1868: 15-18; Schmidt 1919: 184[1018]
Publications
Lieblein 1868: 15-18; Schmidt, Typologisk Atlas, 184 nr. 1018; Dodson 2015:32-33 Ancient Egyptian Coffins: the Medelhavsmuseet collection
Reference - Published in
Dodson, Aidan (2015) Ancient Egyptian Coffins. The Medelhavsmuseet Collection. National Museums of World Culture, Stockholm
alt
Source - http
libris.kb.se, www.varldskulturmuseerna.se
Length / Längd
222,0 cm
Height / Höjd
25,0 cm [face]
Width / Bredd
85,0 cm [shoulders]; 58,0 cm [foot]
Depth / Djup
33,0 cm [lid-nose]; 50,0 cm [lid-foot]; 41,0 cm [trough]
Thickness / Tjocklek
3-9 cm [wood]
Date - Registration
2010-02-01