Inner Cartonnage of Gautseshenu
This cartonnage provides a Who’s Who of Egyptian gods, both funerary and non-funerary. They include Osiris, lord of the afterlife; Anubis, the jackal-headed god, conducting the dead to the next world; and the Four Sons of Horus, who protected specific mummified organs of the body. Among the sky gods are Khepri, the winged beetle; Sokar, in his boat; and the hawk-headed form of Horus with outstretched wings. Thoth, the god of intellectual activity, takes the form of an ibis bird.
This mummy’s name, Gautseshenu, means “bouquet of lotuses.” The Egyptian word seshen (“lotus”) is the origin of the name Susan.
- Culture: Egyptian
- Medium: Linen, plaster, pigment
- Place Made: Thebes, Egypt
- Dates: 700-650 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: late XXV Dynasty-early XXVI Dynasty
- Period: Third Intermediate Period-Late Period
- Dimensions: 64 3/16 x 14 15/16 in. (163 x 38 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Temples and Tombs, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 34.1223
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Egyptian. Inner Cartonnage of Gautseshenu, 700-650 B.C.E. Linen, plaster, pigment, 64 3/16 x 14 15/16 in. (163 x 38 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 34.1223. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (89%)