Inherkau and his wife

Ken, a “wab-priest in the place of beauty” (= the Valley of the Queens), receives a figure of Osiris and an ushabti casket on behalf of the first character, a “wab-priest in the place of beauty” (= the Valley of the Queens). Due of a lack of space, the casket bears the title but not the name of Inerkhau. The two departed will require these funeral slaves in front of Osiris to rescue them from having to perform the onerous tasks in the hereafter.

The second man then offers a tiny pitcher. The third figure is most likely the engraver Mesu, who is holding a hes-vessel and a censer, which he uses to make a libation offering. A white cloth ring runs across his breast,

His skirt is fuller, and he is dressed in sandals. A woman, chantress of Amon, stands behind these three men, holding a little tapered bottle, presumably containing a scented oil or anointing balm.

Inerkhau is seated facing the (theological) east, his chin adorned with the living’s short square beard. On his feet, he wears sandals. He’s dressed in a long white gown with a ballooning top. His wife sits like him on a chair with lion’s feet, encircling him with her two arms. She wears earrings that resemble ivory discs. Inerkhau twirls a strand of hair from one of his daughters in front of him,

She was completely naked save for a thin necklace and bracelets on her arms, wrists, and ankles, as well as a circular earring. She hands one of her younger sisters, who is crouched at her father’s feet, a white pigeon with black speckles.

A tiny child, dressed in no jewellery, stands and places his hands on his mother’s knees. Finally, another naked girl stands behind her mother’s chair, holding a bird, pigeon, or crest, as well as a tiny small bird.
The females in right profile have a lock of hair on their temples that resembles the volute of sem-priests and royal children. Their hair is styled in three flat locks on the forehead and a volute-shaped lock at the rear of their head. Earring, necklaces, bracelets, and anklets are only worn by women. The small kid has the same haircut as his sisters, with the exception of the temporal lock, and he doesn’t wear any jewellery.

As a result, Inerkhau and his wife are depicted with four very small children. They are depicted naked and with the distinctive lock of hair, but are decorated with jewellery, in accordance with Egyptian norms, and whatever their real age was at the time of the painting’s completion (earrings and or necklaces).

Object Details

Inherkau and his wife

New Kingdom

Dynasty 20, reigns of Ramesses III and Ramesses IV

1186 to 1155 BC

Egypt, Luxor, Deir el-Medina

Tomb of Inherkau, TT359