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Tomb of the Vizier Nespakashuty

The highlight of the exhibition is the Museum’s mummy resting in a decorated inscribed tomb, its “house of eternity.” As the mummy and coffin—both of which have undergone extensive restoration—are attributed to the Late Period of Egyptian art (XXV–XXX Dynasties, around the 7th to 4th centuries BC) an appropriate Late Period tomb had to be used for the reconstruction, and the tomb of the Vizier Nespakashuty (656–650 BC) at Deir El-Bahri in Egypt is the only Late Period tomb that can be reconstructed in an American museum. The original tomb was excavated by a Metropolitan Museum of Art Egyptian expedition led by Herbert E. Winlock from 1922 to 1923; fragments of its relief decoration are in collections all over the United States. The Peabody’s reconstruction used molds based on the portion of the tomb at The Metropolitan Museum, which recreates the northern part of its west wall.

 

peabody.yale.edu/exhibits/daily-life-ancient-egypt

 

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Taken on July 14, 2012