|Figure 1 - head end of the coffin of Khnumnakht|
This coffin is interesting for several reasons, not the least of which is the figure of a goddess on the head end of the coffin. A representation of a goddess on the head or foot end of a coffin is rare before the Thirteenth Dynasty (Hayes, William. The Scepter of Egypt, vol. 1, New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1953, 318 - 9). It is also an unusual representation of a goddess in that it might represent both Isis and Nieth (again, from Hayes, Scepter). Notice that the goddess has two cylindrical oil jars on her head, which is nothing like the representations of Isis and Nephthys which would become common on coffins starting in Dynasty Thirteen.
|Figure 2 - hieroglyphs from the coffin of Khnumnakht|
|Figure 3 - Hieroglyphs from the coffin of Khnumnakht|
Photos copyright (c) 2013 by John Freed