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and mummy mask of Neskhons, a 21st Dynasty Theban Queen
Neskhons (ca.1003-973 BC), the second wife of Theban High
Priest Pinodjem II, appears to have
mummy indicates that she was an attractive young
woman, about 30 years old at the time of her death.
Given her unexpected death, she was buried in a set of coffins (inner
and outer) originally made for another woman named Isiemkhebt,
whose name is written on the coffin in hieroglyphic script.
This may have been either of two woman of that name. Isiemkheb
"D", the first wife (and sister) of Pinodjem II , survived both
Neskhons and Pinodjem. According to some sources, she was was buried in
a second set of coffins which she had made after
the death of Neschonsu (CESRAS).
Other sources propose that another royal woman, identified as Isiemkheb
was probably the wife of the Theban High Priest Menkheperre-A (1042-992
BC), was the owner
of the coffin used for Neskhons (Kitchen 1997).
Detail of mummy mask and upper portion of the painted coffin
of Neskhons, originally made for a woman named Isiemkheb (photo: CESRAS)
Kitchen, K.A. 1997. The Third Intermediate Period.
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