Lid of the coffin of Khonsutefnakht, Late Period, probably 26th dynasty
Wood with stucco and painted
Royal Museums of Art and History
Inv. E.586


Lid of the mummiform coffin of Khonsutefnakht, alias Ânkhpayefhery
This coffin belonged to a certain Khonsutefnakht, also known as Ânkhpayefhery. Under the wide necklace covering her chest, Nut, the goddess of the sky, spreads her wings while Isis and Nepthys place their hands on the shen ring, the symbol of eternity. The centre panel shows the essential stages in the rebirth of the deceased, including the weighing of the heart.

On the inside of the lid, Nut, the starry-bodied goddess of the sky, extends over the deceased. The sun appears in front of her throat, which she swallows every evening before it is reborn every morning, while the moon is in front of her womanhood. As such, the deceased is invited to be reborn every day like the sun, and every month like the moon. The twelve hours of the day and night, represented as small kneeling goddesses holding sun or moon discs above their heads, are aligned on either side of Nut.

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