I recently found this picture from a 1952 article in the Illustrated London News. There’s a two page spread on the discovery of the Tomb of Sekhemkhet by M. Zakaria Goneim, and a picture of one of my favorite funerary ensembles, that of Lady Ka Nefer Nefer!
This picture really illustrates something I’ve brought up on the wiki, and something that I’ve seen mentioned once in the literature, though I can’t remember where.
In the 1952 picture, Ka Nefer Nefer’s mask has something scrawled on the hand. On the following picture taken by myself at the Saint Louis Art Museum, circa 2010, it does not. You can see that the inscription has been rubbed out.
In Goneim’s official publication of the excavation, he translates the hieratic inscription on the hand as “Neferu”. Goneim thought that Neferu was the lady’s nickname, and his transcription of the name into hieroglyphs is shown at left. (Goneim, 1957, pp27)
The shabtis bear her full name, Ka Nefer Nefer, and the amulets are inscribed for Neferu. This hieratic scrawl on the hand was the only place where the mask itself was inscribed for her.
…and now it’s gone.
“The Discovery of a New Step Pyramid: A Third Dynasty Find at Sakkara.” The Illustrated London News 7 June 1952: 980-81. Print.
Goneim, M. Zakaria, Service des Antiquites de L’Egypte. Horus Sekhem-khet – The Unfinished Step Pyramid At Saqqara, Volume 1. Excavations at Saqqara. Imprimerie de L’Institut Francais D’Archeologie Orientale. Cairo. 1957. pp 25,26 pp 113,115, Plates LXVII-A, LXVIII