The Coffins of Duathathor-Henntawy-A


    The photo above (from CCR, pl. XXXV) shows Duathathor-Henttawy’s outer coffin basin in the center (the lid of this outer coffin was missing.) Her inner coffin lid is on the left and its basin is on the right. These coffin elements were originally made for Duathathor-Henttawy and had not been usurped from another burial and modified for her use. (DRN, p. 212, n.17.) The gilded face mask and hands have been removed from the inner coffin lid, and gilded areas elsewhere on the coffins have been completely scraped off with an adze. The adzing had been executed in a careful fashion which did not damage sacred images or the inscriptions running down the lower center surface of the inner coffin lid, indicating that the removal of these elements had probably been done during a processing procedure carried out by Royal Necropolis officials rather than by ordinary thieves intent on plundering the burial. A similar pattern of damage may be seen on other coffins found in DB320, especially on the inner coffins of Nodjmet.
      The hands on Duathathor-Henttawy’s inner coffin lid are clenched, an unusual feature on 21'st Dynasty coffins of females which typically portray the hands with fingers fully extended. Clenched hands holding symbolic objects (such as ankhs, djed pillars and tjet knotts) were usually reserved for the coffins of high-status males at this time. The employment of this decorative feature on Duathathor-Henttawy’s inner coffin lid shows that she had attained a position of great power. Similarly clenched hands are also portrayed on the coffins of her daughter, Maatkare-Mutemhet. (Source Bibliography: CCR, 63ff., pl. XXXV; DRN, p. 212, n.17, 255f.; FP, p. 192-194; GCSS, 62; MiAE, 230.)  Source Abbreviation Key

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