Lady from the Tomb of Userhat.
A priest of the royal ka-spirit of the Eighteenth Dynasty pharaoh
Thutmosis I, Userhat flourished during the reigns of Ramesses I and Sety
I at the beginning of the Nineteenth Dynasty. The lady shown in this photograph
was apparently the second wife of the tomb owner, but for some reason
her name appears never to have been inscribed into the space provided.
Her title, however, is preserved: "Chantress of Amun," and she holds up
a jangling sistrum, by whose soothing sounds the gods were pacified. She
is bedecked for a banquet with a heavy, curled wig and an elaborate floral
collar. The tomb of Userhat has suffered from spiteful vandals in modern
times; the lady's face is more damaged around the eye, all of her eyebrow
having fallen away.
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