The Phoenix

Inerkhau is facing west in adoration in front of the Benu bird, dressed in his long festive robes and wearing his regular wig (the phoenix). It resembles a heron morphologically. It is crowned by Atef. It was associated with Osiris and Ra at one point, representing linear and cyclic time, and was so incorporated in the burial stories. “Formula to transform into the Benu by the Foreman in the Place of Truth, Inerkhau, justified,”

Object Details

The Phoenix

New Kingdom

Dynasty 20, reigns of Ramesses III and Ramesses IV

1186 to 1155 BC

Egypt, Luxor, Deir el-Medina

Tomb of Inherkau, TT359