Amsit tending the sign of life
Reproduction patinated by hand. Mold made from an imprint of the original work, one of the numerous images decorating the inside of the sarcophagus of Taho.
It is an admirable anthropoid sarcophagus, cut in black basalt, a dark and hard stone.
The outside is decorated with numerous figures and inscriptions relating to the navigation of the sun through the underworld.
It used to hold the body of Taho, son of Renpetneferet, and these names, as well as the style of the portrayals, make it possible to date this object to around the 4th century B.C.
This is one of the finest monuments purchased in Egypt by Champollion in 1827.
The inside of the sarcophagus is decorated with a procession of divinities and funerary spirits associated with the art of mummification, in particular the god Anubis and the four sons of Horus.
These spirits are traditionally linked to the protection of the viscera of the deceased. They can be found on the canopic jars that contain them.