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The Sealed Coffin

Baket (N) Hr (Nakht) at Newcastle Museum for elite lady buried c1000bc, possibly Gurna, Thebes. Excellent funerary inscription on cartonnage, two errors, both with major consequences for the deceased. Alan Fildes and Dr Joann Fletcher
1. The title she possessed in life, misrepresented, the scribe unaccountably omits the 't' that makes the title 'Lady of the House' feminine. She became 'Lord of the House' - non existent in ancient Egypt. Nb - pr(m) - Nb(t) pr(f)
2. Far more concerning for the deceased, the fact her name is deliberately ambiguous. The two determinatives at the end of her name, are they misplaced by accident or deliberately by the scribe to make certain the lady remained in Limbo for eternity - the gods, unable to speak her correct name?
There are three possibilities - the following suggestions:
(a) The Family disowned her for some reason (adultery?)
(b) The scribe deliberately mis-spelled her name to cause maximum distress - why?
(c) The Priesthood - ordered the act to be perpetrated - (revenge?)
The lady, through CT scanning (non-invasive/destructive technique) was shown to have no throat, sinsister in itself and macabre. Was the lady decapitated after death to make certain she couldn't speak her name before the gods, inflicting a terrible, endless future in Limbo between the Iment and the Earth?
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The Misfit - Bolton Museum
1. Tayuhenut, coffin 21st Dynasty, excellent workmanship. The body mummified is that of a man - Why, given the fact that this is the coffin of a lady?
(a) The Priests placed the unknown man in the coffin after elbalming or re-bandaging the corpse. They woud have written the name of the individual on the bandages, only to be defiled by tomb robbers - the name being lost, or
(b) Did some 19th century mummy-unwrapper take the bandages off, discarding them before hieroglyphs had been deciphered.
The male mummy was obviously jammed in the coffin - but when? The mummification was of high quality, a high status individual. The facts point to a royal mummy, possibly of the 19th Dynasty. The science would tell.
A few words on the Chantress of Amun
The title 'Chantress of Amun' was a common title for ladies of noble birth from the New Kingdom onwards. The title signified ladies who sang and performed music before the gods in the temples and on funerary processions. They were portrayed within Theban tombs holding a sistrum, whose soothing sounds pacified the gods.
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