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Restoration of an Egyptian sarcophagus over 3,000 years old A fragile sarcophagus dating back 3,000 years restored through the generosity of the public

Restoration - Archives - March 1, 2010

Thanks to the help of one hundred donors, the sarcophagus of the beautiful Tanetchedmout, was restored to its former glory. As a prestigious testimony to Egyptian civilization, its restoration will finally give us more insight into its history.

In 2012, the sarcophagus of the beautiful Tanetchedmout, a priestess and songstress for the god Amun who lived on the banks of the Nile 3,000 years ago (Third Intermediate Period, Twenty-First Dynasty, around 1000 BC), was restored to its former glory with the help of one hundred donors who raised the 25,000 euros needed. This prestigious testimony to Egyptian civilization had been patiently waiting in the museum’s storeroom for over 100 years. Its restoration will finally give us more insight into its history and an opportunity for visitors to discover it.

Tanetchedmout lived in Thebes 3,000 years ago. A songstress for the god Amun, she partook in the daily rituals of the great god in the secret sanctuary of the temple of Karnak, where choir and percussion instruments would perform to entertain and please Amun.

Tanetchedmout left us a magnificent sarcophagus lavishly decorated with a wide range of colors, depicting her gracefully carrying out the offering that would ensure her eternal life. Too fragile to be exhibited, the sarcophagus had been safely slumbering in the museum’s storeroom for more than a century.

Thanks to your donations, €25,000 have been raised for the restoration that will allow the sarcophagus to be displayed for visitors.

The Musée du Louvre would like to thank all the donors who contributed to this successful campaign!

See a video of Tanetchedmout here

Add photos of the presentation to donors given by H. Guichard.
Caption: In recognition of their support, the Musée du Louvre invited donors to a preview of the sarcophagus, prior to its restoration.

See the donation campaign underway

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