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Inner Cartonnage of Gautseshenu

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Temples and Tombs, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
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)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 34.1223
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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    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
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