miércoles, 30 de marzo de 2016

TT181, the tomb of Nebamon and Ipuky .

TT181, the tomb of Nebamon and Ipuky .

The catafalque rests on a small scale barque, of which even its rear oar can be seen. This in turn is placed on the sledge. Standing at the side of the sledge is a mourner, an unusual image for the time, although she is probably the same person found at its side on the barge. Her dress is greyish in colour because of the dust which she scatters over her head, and which can be seen falling over her upper arm (see is-110-detail).

At the front and rear can be seen very small images of the goddesses Nephthys and Isis, who watch over the deceased, just as they watched over their brother Osiris (see line drawing for finer detail). At this time period their efficiency was in doubt, certainly during this part of the deceased's journey into the afterlife. Thus two of the deceased daughters, one at the front (see image opposite) and one at the rear support the catafalque during its rough journey. In front, turned towards her father, is Mutneferet, taking the part of Nephthys, and probably in a moaning voice says: "Fare you well! Fare you well! Fare you well, my father." The other daughter stands behind a male figure, bent and showering himself with dust and identified as: "His son, the sculptor of the Sacred Place, Amenemhat"; the "Amen" part of his name having escaped the vigilance of the Atonists. He has obviously taken up his father's profession. Immediately behind him, leaning against the catafalque, is the wife of Ipuky, Henutneferet, whose name has fortunately been preserved. She presumably takes the place of Isis, because, like the one at the front, she helps to steady the load. Then come two unidentified ladies (their upper bodies now lost) the first also has her arms raised as if to steady the load, but she isn't actually close enough, so perhaps she has her arms raised in supplication. The female behind her again scatters dust over her head. Finally come four other relatives, all holding canes, indicating their function. These together with the four in the register above (which by rights should total nine) represent the "nine companions" who by custom bring up the rear of the procession.
TT181, the tomb of Nebamon and Ipuky .

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