An Egyptian papyrus fragment for Nes-Khonsu. Third Intermediate Period, 21st Dynasty, 1069-945 B.C. Christie's auction. Masterpieces from two great collections. June 4 2015, New York, Rockefeller Plaza. Lot 5.
Puntian Queen Ati,the wife of King Parahu,has a physique that suggested lymphatic disease.Such lymphatic disease is endemic in Ethiopia today.There are two causes;infection with a parasite that occludes lymphatic circulation,& a reaction to the soil itself(apparently certain abrasive volcanic soils can cause lymphedema).We will never know if Queen Ati's elephantiasis(if that IS what she suffered from)-was caused by a parasite acquired from an insect bite,or a reaction to the very soil she…
The mummified body belonged to Nespaheran, a priest of Amun, who was between 25 and 30 years old when he died. Osteological analysis revealed something interesting, a severely curved back due to destruction of the lower thoracic and upper lumbar vertebrae, which researchers believe is caused by spinal tuberculosis.
According to the inscriptions that the statue bears, Priestess Takushet was the daughter of Akanuasa II, the Great Chief of the Libyan tribe Ma, during the Service of Nesi (Pharaoh) Piankhi, 25th Dynasty, Neo New Kingdom (750 BCE). Her name means “the Kushite” and possibly refers to the Ma tribe's blood relation to Kush or marriage to a Kushite. Her office was of priestess “waab” (pure-chaste priestess), which according to the religious hierarchy was the lowest priestly title.