Coffin and Mummy of Nesmin (Around 250 BC)
The display reads:
Egyptian, Ptolemaic Period
Found at Thebes
Coffin and mummy of Nesmin, around 250 BC
Coffin: wood, gesso, gilding, colored glass
Mummy: linen, cartonnage (plaster-stiffened layers of linen or papyrus)
Museum Appropriations and Mary B. Jackson Funds 38.206
The coffin and mummy belong to an Egyptian priest, Nesmin (pronounced Esmin), who lived during the Ptolemaic Period, an era of Greek domination in Egypt following its conquest by Alexander the Great in 332 BC. The hieroglyphic texts on the lower portion of Nesmin’s coffin lid provide his titles and genealogy. Like his father and many paternal ancestors, he had been a priest of Min, a god of fertility, and also of Khonsu, a god of the moon and healing. His mother played the sistrum (ritual rattle) in the service of Min. As a priest, Nesmin’s duties included clothing the statue of Min and caring for other god’s statues and for their temple home. Nesmin pursued his priestly duties in Middle Egypt at Akhim. The decoration of his coffin reflects a Ptolemaic style typical for that site.
Taken November 16th, 2010.