This is the interior of the innermost part of the coffins of a 21st Dynasty woman called Henattawy who held several titles to do with the worship of Amun, Mut and Khonsu. She was buried in tomb MMA60 in Hatshepsut’s temple at Deir el-Bahri alongside several other people.

The large figure of a goddess on this mummy board is not Nut, as I had at first assumed it would be. Instead this is the Goddess of the West, Imentet, who has the emblem of the West as her headdress. She’s appropriate here because the West is where the land of the dead is.

You can see near the top of the photo there are two ba birds, representing Henattawy, who are worshipping the goddess and presenting offerings. In return Imentet is presenting life, in the form of four large ankh signs.

I particularly like the bottom register in my photo where the goddess is being worshipped by two emblems of the West, with arms. And each has a protective cobra looped round an arm, and each cobra has an ankh sign hung from its body.

Inside of the Mummy Board of Henattawy. From MMA 60, Deir el Bahri, Thebes. Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21, c.990-970 BCE. Acc. No.: 25.3.6

It’s now in the Met Museum (acc. no.: 25.3.6).

See it on my photo site:

Jigsaw Puzzles:

6 thoughts on “Inside of the Mummy Board of Henattawy

  1. Wow! There’s a lot going on in that photo. I see she’s also standing on nbw – gold. Because I can’t enlarge the picture I can’t see what the design is within some of the ankh symbols she’s holding. Can you elaborate? Thanks.


    1. I’m not really sure what those are – I don’t think I’ve seen the triangles within an ankh before, and the Met Museum doesn’t mention them either. I’m hesitant to suggest they’re purely decorative because so little in coffin decoration ever is!

      If you click through to see it on the photo site rather than in this post you can see the photo at a larger size (there’s a little drop down menu at the top right that lets you change the size of the image you’re seeing).

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  2. Thank you. I’ll do that. Yes, you’re right…..there’s always more to a picture than meets the eye!


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