Sunday, February 24, 2013 B
"New Set Sighting"

I love the tail on this Set-animal!

That tail, hmm, how shall I put it, has a certain "ithyphallic" quality. (It's not just my imagination, is it? I mean, considering the god Set is known for his lustful propensities. :)

This Set animal appears on Henen's coffin, which is at the Louvre:

Translating the info card: Coffin of Henen, excavations from Asyut (Assiout), painted wood, Louvre AF 9757

(Photos by Heidi Kontkanon)

Looking up further information about this piece did not turn up very much. I only found this reference:

"L'exemple du sarcophage de la Dame Henem, provenant d'Assiout et datant du Moyen Empire - AF 9757..."
"The example of the sarcophagus of Lady Henem, coming from Assiout and dating from the Middle Kingdom - AF 9757..."
La Couleur dans la Peinture et l'Émaillage de l'Égypte Ancienne, by Sylvie Colinart, Michel Menu, page 21

"Henem", rather than "Henen", but the center portion of the glyphs in the example photo, which must come from the interior of the coffin, ("inscrites à l'intérieur de la cuve"), match those on the side panel. At least we know it's from the Middle Kingdom.

What can we find out by examining the text itself? With my rudimentary hieroglyphic skills, I can detect several happy gods goddesses, (aka "contented" - "hotep"), having been given offerings.

These glyphs are reading right to left. I can recognize Wesir (Osiris), an unknown goddess, then Set, followed by Nebt-het (Nephthys).

'Offer' (arm and hand extended), 'derep'

Sunday, March 3, 2013
"Lintel Featuring Set"

(From the info card)
Lintel of a chapel (?) dedicated to the god Set
19th dynasty (?) (about 1295 - 1186 B.C.E.)
Deir el Medina
Limestone, Louvre #E 14386 BIS

(Photos by Heidi Kontkanon)
"Set, great of strength; Son of Nut; Lord of Heaven; Ruler (of the two lands?)"

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