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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA1135

  • Description

    Limestone naos of Pasanesu: the naos contains a figure of Osiris, wearing the atef-crown, inside it and has a hawk on top. Texts are incised around the pedestal on which the naos sits and on the front of the naos consisting of prayers on behalf of the scribe of offerings of all the gods Pasanesu. The right side of the shrine bears a scene in sunk relief showing Pasanesu offering incense to Osiris, while a scene on the left side depicts him worshipping Ptah-Tatenen. A scene on the rear of the naos portrays Harsiese in the company of Isis and Nephthys. The top of the naos is also inscribed. A cartouche, apparently of Amenemhat III, on the top of the naos may relate to the worship of that king since it cannot be regarded as contemporary to his reign, being written with a sign which was commonly used instead of the 'n' sign from the New Kingdom. The naos is well preserved apart from several gouges, especially on the corners and left side. The bottom of the pedestal has been damaged and repaired in modern times.

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 92 centimetres
    • Width: 38 centimetres
    • Depth: 40 millimetres
    • Weight: 118.5 kilograms
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        hieroglyphic
      • Inscription Position

        top of naos
      • Inscription Comment

        Incised. Includes a cartouche of Amenemhat III.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        hieroglyphic
      • Inscription Position

        sides of naos
      • Inscription Comment

        Incised.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        hieroglyphic
      • Inscription Position

        pedestal and front of naos
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Titles/epithets include : Pʒ-sʒ-nsw [Scribe of offerings of all the gods]
      • Inscription Translation

        Titles/epithets include : Pasanesu [Scribe of offerings of all the gods]
      • Inscription Comment

        Incised prayers on belhalf of Pasanesu.
  • Curator's comments

    Bibliography:
    The British Museum, 'A guide to the Egyptian galleries (Sculpture)' (London, 1909), 51-2 (no. 174);
    B. Porter & R. Moss, 'Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs and Paintings' IV (Oxford: Clarendon Press), 96.

  • Bibliography

    • Bierbrier 1993 Pl.88-91 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2003 18 Oct-14 Dec, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2004 17 Jan-28 Mar, Kobe City Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2004 10 Apr-13 Jun, Fukuoka Art Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2004 26 Jun-29 Aug, Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2005 11 Apr-10 Jul, Seoul Arts Centre, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2005 25 Jul-8 Oct, Busan Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2005 27 Oct-2006 31 Jan, Haengso Museum, Keimyung University, Daegu, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2006 18 Mar-4 Jun, Beijing, Capital Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2007 3 Feb-27 May, Taipei, National Palace Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2007 14 Sep-2 Dec, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2009 1 May-20 Sep, Victoria, Royal BC Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures
    2009 11 Dec-2010 10 May, Madrid, Canal de Isabel II, Treasures of the World’s Cultures
    2012 Mar-Jul, Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Treasures of the World’s Cultures
    2012-2013 Nov-Mar, Bonn, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle, Treasures of the World's Cultures

  • Condition

    good (base restored). NCS believes that the base has been put on the wrong way round. In the course of the conservation work undertaken in 2003, the opportunity has been taken to reverse the base so that the Htp di nzwt formulae begin at the front.

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1893

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA1135

  • Registration number

    1893,0514.175

Limestone naos of Pasanesu, rectangular with arched front and cavity containing a figure of Osiris, wearing atef-crown, and surmounted by another figure of a hawk; the pedestal and front edge of the naos are inscribed with hieroglyphs consisting of prayers of behalf of Pasanesu, Scribe of offerings of the all the gods; right side - relief representation of Pasanesu offering incense to Osiris, with columns of hieroglyphs above and between; left side - Pasanesu worshipping Ptah-Tatenen, with columns of hieroglyphs above; rear - Harsiese with Isis and Nephthys; top - two columns of hieroglyphs and a cartouche of Amenemhat III.

Limestone naos of Pasanesu, rectangular with arched front and cavity containing a figure of Osiris, wearing atef-crown, and surmounted by another figure of a hawk; the pedestal and front edge of the naos are inscribed with hieroglyphs consisting of prayers of behalf of Pasanesu, Scribe of offerings of the all the gods; right side - relief representation of Pasanesu offering incense to Osiris, with columns of hieroglyphs above and between; left side - Pasanesu worshipping Ptah-Tatenen, with columns of hieroglyphs above; rear - Harsiese with Isis and Nephthys; top - two columns of hieroglyphs and a cartouche of Amenemhat III.

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