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The Coffins of Isiemkheb-D

    The outer coffin of Isiemkheb-D was discovered intact, but the inner coffin and coffin board had been damaged by thieves, who had removed the gilded face masks and hands. This pattern of damage, in which an intact outer coffin conceals evidence that the inner ones had been disturbed, was repeated in the case of the double coffin sets of Maatkare-Mutemhet, Masaharta, and Neskhons and has led investigators to surmise that the pilfering of all these sets of funerary equipment was done by those who played, at some level, an officially sanctioned role in their interments. Salima Ikram and Aidan Dodson theorize that members of Pinudjem II's burial party were the culprits who violated Isiemkheb-D's coffins. However, Edward Loring's interpretation of a linen docket found on the mummy of Nestanebtishru suggests that Isiemkheb-D was still alive at the time of Pinudjem II's funeral. If sound, Loring's dating would exonerate those who helped bury Pinudjem II from the crime of despoiling Isiemkheb-D's funerary equipment. However, the same burial party members may be guilty of pilfering gilded elements from Neskhon's coffins which would have been in place in DB320 when Pinudjem II was laid to rest.
    Whoever they may have been, the individuals who ripped the gilded portions from Isiemkheb-D's inner coffins and coffin boards felt the need to hide their dirty work, indicating that they knew they would not be the last people to see the burials. Although the priests in charge of the funerary ceremonies have often been blamed for this kind of pilfering, the most likely culprits would have been the workers who were responsible for the labor  of moving and positioning the heavy coffins into place inside the tomb and preparing things for the arrival of the priests who would conduct the funerary rituals. These priests would be the ones from whom the damage would need to be hidden.
   Isiemkheb-Dís coffins display stylistic features that differ from those of the other 21íst Dynasty coffins found in DB320. Unlike the ornately decorated wigs on the coffins of Nodjmet, Maatkare-Mutemhet, Tayuheret and Neskhons, Isiemkheb-Dís wigs have been simplified and consist only of gold banding on a plain background. The gold headband on the outer coffin had originally been decorated with painted elements which have largely worn away. The plain areas of this wig also appear to show traces of previous decorations which have been very carefully removed in some fashion and skillfully covered over with black material. The funerary collars are longer than those depicted on earlier coffins and extend below the hands; the central panel of the outer coffin is dominated by five registers displaying representations of a winged female deity (probably the goddess Nut) which descend all the way down to the footboard; and the footboard of the inner coffin is decorated with predominantly Osirian themes. These differences reflect later innovations in the evolution of 21íst Dynasty coffin decoration. (Source Bibliography: DRN, 213 no. 18; GCSS, 50, n. 280; 127, Fig. 34; 161, n. 843; MiAE, 330; TRC, 74.) (Source Abbreviation Key)

Lid of Isiemkheb-D's outer coffin. From the Quest for Immortality
website of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
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(Left) Lid and basin of Isiemkheb-D's outer coffin. (Right) Front and reverse of Isiemkheb-D's
coffin board. From Georges Daressy's Cercueils des cachettes royales (Cairo, 1909.)
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Isiemkheb-D's inner coffin lid and basin. From Georges Daressy's
Cercueils des cachettes royales
(Cairo, 1909.)
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The Center for Egyptological Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (CESRAS) maintains an extensive collection of online images available for public use on Flickr and has posted large size scans of many of the photographic plates from George Daressy's historically important 1909 work, Cercueils des cachettes royales, which are featured on this page. The above images of the coffins of Isiemkheb-D provide a valuable photographic record of these beautiful objects, currently on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. More close up images of this coffin's decorations and inscriptions may be seen by going to the CESRAS Isiemkheb photostream.

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