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Saturday, March 28, 1925 (continued)

2) G 7632 (continued)
G 7232 A Pit E [sub-pit e = A IX]. The burial of Nesiptah was finally examined this afternoon. Only two more ushabtis were found, under the right femur, and the sex was apparently certain as female, judging from the great width of the pelvic opening.

Mr. Joseph Lindon Smith and his daughter arrived in camp this afternoon.

Sunday, March 29, 1925

Work in pit G 7000 X being now completed the whole has been closed and covered with a wooden board and tarpaulin cloth.

work on:
G 7214 F

[G 7214 F]: The Saitic limestone coffin of the intrusive burial in this tomb was explored today, having been first opened yesterday for photographs.
The body was prone on back, head slightly forward and turned a little to the right. From neck to feet was tightly swathed in a coarse linen garment, secured by a strip down center of front and by three strips from this around trunk at wide intervals. At the feet end this garment had a fine fringe.
The skull was clear of cloth and free of flesh. It was a very beautiful and fine form, and perfectly preserved. The "wisdom teeth" were partially grown through the jaws. All other teeth were perfect. No supraorbital ridge.
Round the neck could be seen a necklace of small carnelian beads on original thread and another of small red and blue beads alternating with occasional white discs, also intact. A scarab of greenish faience lay over the throat. Under the chin was a large [ILLUSTRATION] of ebony(?), to the left of the atlas bone lay another similar object of dark color. [ILLUSTRATION]
When the garment had been cut down the center and the edges tucked back on either side the body was revealed. It evidently belonged to a young girl of (?) 19 - 24 years old, not a mother. Very little flesh was preserved, the tendons of the knee attachment were visible clearly. Right hand lay along right side, left hand lay over the pelvis, which was very small and of thin bone. All the bones were somewhat thin in structure and delicate. The left shin was crossed over the right, the feet reached to the end of the coffin.
Over the head of the left femur was a tiny green glaze scarab, a scaraboid ram of greenish glaze lay inside the pelvis.
Length of body from top of skull to soles of feet 1.31.
Length of body from atlas bone to soles of feet 1.18.
Length of body from atlas bone to base of pelvis .51.

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  • Classification
    Documentation-Expedition diary pages
  • Department
    Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • Credit Line
    Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • Display Page Dates
    03/28/1925; 03/29/1925
  • Mentioned on page
    Frances Greenleaf Smith
    Joseph Lindon Smith, American, 1863–1950
    Nesiptah (in G 7632)
  • Author
    Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees, British, 1899–

Tombs and Monuments 3

  • G 7000 X

    • Site Name Eastern Cemetery
  • G 7214

    • Site Name Eastern Cemetery
  • G 7632

    • Site Name Eastern Cemetery

People 4

Ancient People

  • Nesiptah (in G 7632)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Remarks Daughter ([ms n] born) of Tashamsha. Set of ca. 395+ inscribed and uninscribed ushabtis (25-3-263), with ca. 44 (MFA 25.4857 – MFA 25.4900) inscribed for Nesiptah (uninscribed ushabtis from this set attributed to Nesiptah); found in G 7632 A, chamber of sub-pit e = A IX, in and beside wood coffin.

Modern People

  • Frances Greenleaf Smith

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Daughter of Joseph Lindon Smith; like her father she also painted scenes reproductions of tomb paintings at Giza.
  • Joseph Lindon Smith

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates American, 1863–1950
    • Remarks Artist /expedition painter and copyist; Daughters Rachael and Frances also painted. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.
  • Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees

    • Type Author
    • Nationality & Dates British, 1899–
    • Remarks Thomas Richard Duncan Greenlees, born South Africa, Sivaratri, March 10, 1899. British subject with a Scottish father and an English mother. For a brief period during 1925 he was a staff member of Harvard University--Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, who later joined the Theosophist movement in India. Greenlees received his MA degree in 1922 from Oxford, where he studied Egyptian, Coptic and Arabic. April 2,1925, Greenlees appointed Assistant Curator of Egyptian Art at MFA.