||EGYPTIAN NEW KINGDOM ALABASTER USHABTI OF PRINCE MONTOU-HER-KHEPESHEF,
son of Ramesses IX, mummiform, holding hoes, and wearing an usekh necklace in red paint. Faint remains of a front column and four hieroglyphic lines from Chapter VI of the Book of the Dead, abbreviated; details in black.
XXth Dynasty, reign of Merenptah-Siptah, ca. 1194-1188 BC
H. 7 1/2 in. (19 cm.)
Ex collection of G.F. Burgh, The Hague, Netherlands, 1984.
This example is very similar to those of the series made for Merneptah-Siptah, both stylistically and for the distribution of texts. This is an early announcement of the 'lost contours.'
Tomb KV19 of the Valley of the Kings dates from the end of Dynasty XX. This belongs to one of the sons of Ramesses IX, prince Montuherkhepeshef ("Montu is above his powerful arm"), the prince and heir who died before he could reach the throne.
It was not originally intended for this burial, but initially planned for another prince, Setherkhepeshef, who would ascend to the throne under the name of Ramesses VIII; the tomb of this last has never been found.
The tomb was discovered in 1817 by Belzoni, and had an unspecified number of intrusive burials, probably dating up to Dynasty XXII. The prince's mummy has not been found.