- Museum number
Hypocephalus of Neshorpakhered: at the top is a two-headed deity in human form who holds a sceptre in which is the image of the jacekal-headed god Wepwawet. Two gods appear in boats: on the left is a falcon with outspread wings, and on the right is a mummiform falcon-headed figure clearly recognizable as the sun god wearing the solar disc as his headdress. The scarab beetle, another manifestation of the sun, is depicted in front of him. In the next register the god Amun Ra is depicted as a mummiform deity with four ram-heads, adored by pairs of baboons. Rotating the disc 180 degrees, one faces another scene, in which a cow is the principle figure, facing the Four Sons of Horus and a scarab beetle. The cow, at least, can be clearly related to spell 162 of 'The Book of the Dead', which is put in the mouth of an 'ihet' cow, there described as the mother of Ra. Behind the cow is a female figure whose head is the 'wedjat' eye within a disc, and a seated figure with upraised arm who faces a serpent with human legs. This part of the object is partly damaged.
- Production date
- 4thC BC-3rdC BC
Diameter: 14 centimetres
- Curator's comments
'Art and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt' Japan, 1999-2000 [exhibition catalogue] (Japan, 1999), ;
S. Quirke and J. Spencer, 'British Museum Book of Ancient Egypt', (London, 1992), p. 96, fig. 75.
G. Pinch, Magic in Ancient Egypt (London 1994), fig.85.
Peremans, Willy: Prosopographia Ptolemaica III. In: Studia Hellenistica, vol. 11., (1956), Lovanii, Publications Universitaires de Louvain, 224, 7101;
J.H. Taylor and N.C. Strudwick, Mummies: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt. Treasures from The British Museum, Santa Ana and London 2005, pp. 90-1, pl. on p. 90.
The name of the father of Nes-hor-pa-hered is Her-ib-sen-ef, God's father and hepet-udjat. The name of the mother is not complete; it ends with ...-Imn.t. [Mekis Tamas]
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2005-2008, California, The Bowers Museum, Death and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt
19th Nov 2011- 11 Mar 2012. Richmond , VA, Virginia museum of Fine Art. Mummy. The inside story.
Mar - Oct 2012. Brisbane, Queensland Museum South Bank. Mummy: The Inside Story
2012/3, Nov-Apr, Mumbai, CSMVS, Mummy: The Inside Story
2013, Apr-Nov, Singapore, ArtScience Museum, Mummy: The Inside Story
- Associated titles
Inscription from: Book of the Dead (Spell 162)
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: BS.8445e (Birch Slip Number)