Htp-D'i-Nsw: The Merrin Gallery's Sarcophagus (Right Side)
Sarcophagus (and Mummy) of Neshkons
Material: Painted Sycamore Fig Wood
Origin: Ancient Egypt (Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty XXI)
Dated: c. 900–940 BCE
As seen from the left, there are various offering scenes across the right side of Neshkons' sarcophagus' trough (base). In the first, at the feet of the trough, a standing mummiform jackal-headed figure is seen near an offering table and a seated human-headed god with the “West sign” on his head, with texts in between.
Skipping to the final scene, there is an an offering stand with reeds in front of the Hathor cow emerging from the mountain.
As seen from the right side, the principal scenes spanning the lid of the Merrin sarcophagus include:
A vertical column of text along the right side of the lid reads like a htp-di-nsw offering formula (but without the initial part), “Osiris, Lord of Eternity, Foremost of the West, Great God, Lord of Heaven, who comes forth/ascends from the two horizons [sic], who appears gloriously/glorious in the Atef-crowns; Isis the Great, Mother of the God, Eye of Re, Mistress of All the Gods, that they may give [or, May they give] offerings of provisions and all beautiful and pure things, all sweet and pleasant things that come forth in the presence of the Stolist of the Mystery of Things/Offerings (?) of Osiris, the God’s-Servant of Amun, Neskhons, justified, child of (?)...”.
Similarly as on the right, a corresponding band down the left side (photo not available) reads, “Osiris, Lord of Eternity, Foremost of the West, Great God, Lord of Heaven, who comes forth/ascends from the horizon, who appears gloriously/glorious in Atef-crowns; Isis the Great, Mother of the God, Eye of Re, Mistress of All the Gods; that they may give offerings of provisions and all beautiful, pure things, all things of wine and oil, for the Osiris, the Lady of the House, justified(?), and the Osiris, the God’s-Servant of Amun, Neskhons, son of s…”.
A winged goddess and a large falcon with spread wings can be seen on the right side of the lid, depicted here. It also features:
- a standing mummiform god labeled “Great God”,
- a Ba-bird labeled “...(?), Lord of the House”,
- a mummiform jackal-headed figure labeled ipt,
- a human-headed mummiform figure behind labeled “Great God ...(?)”,
- a seated mummiform god: dwA-nTr (a designation of Osiris),
- and a heron or fishing bird, “...(?) God”.
Acquired by Samuel Merrin and Moshe Bronstein of the Merrin Gallery.