Louvre - Shabtis Exhibition

Coffin of Khnum-nakht.     Provenence unknown
Middle Kingdom. (Possibly Meir)
Dynasty XII ‘1900/1800bc, Metropolitan Museum,.New York.

The magnificently decorated wooden coffin of Khnum-nakht (Khnum the ram headed god of creation, is strong) is an excellent example of the classical style associated with the Middle Kingdom funerary art. The artwork is of the highest quality, the intricate detail, balance and proportion are all to be enjoyed.

There are many aspects of this exhibit the detective will be advised to study. For example the clear well executed hieroglyphs, the registers that would assist Khnum-nakht on his journey to the next world, sustaining him along the way.

The standard offering formula completes the top register on the left side, above the false door with both eyes focussed on the land of the living. Khnum,-nakht’s mummified body would have lain with his face directly behind the panel his eyes allowing him to view all aspects of the world he had departed. Notice the painted door into the coffin had two bolts ensuring protection as well as allowing the Ka/sprit of the deceased to leave and enter at will. The end wall of the coffin is decorated with a very pleasing portrait of the Goddess Isis. Her arms raised wearing a clinging white dress with accompanying wristlets and anklets, a feature of the Middle Kingdom. The remaining exterior of the coffin has registers brimming full of recitations to the gods Osiris, Geb, Shu, Nut, Khnum-nakht making certain the gods were aware of his justified acceptance to the land of Osiris.


Khnum Nakht




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