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Amenhotep I & Anupet Inside the Merrin Sarcophagus | by Samuel Merrin
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Amenhotep I & Anupet Inside the Merrin Sarcophagus

Sarcophagus (and Mummy) of Neshkons

Material: Painted Sycamore Fig Wood

Origin: Ancient Egypt (Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty XXI)

Dated: c. 900–940 BCE

 

On the inside of the Merrin Gallery's coffin — where the deceased Neshkons lay — the top of the largest register features a falcon with outstretched wings, labeled iAt, or “sacred mound”.

 

The striking central figure is the deified Amenhotep I, depicted in mummiform, wearing the Blue Crown, with his cartouche before him. The text behind his head reads, “Protection, Life and Dominion”.

 

What about the rest of the figures — e.g. the sphinx and Anput?

 

Acquired by Samuel Merrin and Moshe Bronstein of the Merrin Gallery.

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Taken on March 22, 2011