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Inscription of the chief steward Ibi

1 ///// chief steward of the Divine Consort, Ibe (jbA), son of the priest {mrj ntr),Enekhhor (anx-Hr) 2 ///// 3 ///// 4 chief [steward (?)] of my queen, his daughter, the Divine Consort //////
5 His beloved, the great favorite of Amon, the sweet ///, [daughter of (?)] the beloved of Mut, Mehetnusekhet (mH.t-m-wsx.t) to be Divine Consort, Divine Votress of Amon in Karnak.
- The inscription is on a stela held by a kneeling statue of Ibi (jbj).
Ibi's family tree
-Enekhhor: generally written Ankh-hor
-Divine Consort: God's Wife of Amen
6 The chief ritual priest, divine scribe, prophets, divine fathers, priests (wab), and the great companions of his majesty, were the suite of their queen. The whole land was in great festivity; an oblation /// 7 filled with every offering, [jubilating (?)] to him, satisfying the heart; [by (?)] the glorious one, great among the great, his beloved, the Divine Votress, Nitocris, who liveth; while the lay priesthood of the temple were following [her] 8 There was performed for her [/// ///] every customary ceremony, like the fashion of the coronation of her good lord, Amon /// /// radiance, like the sun (Sw). She caused /// /// 9 that there be presented a great oblation; the lay priesthood brought the incense of favor, love, life, prosperity, and health for her father, Wahibre (wAH-jb-ra, Psamtik I). -wab: the "pure one".
-Nitocris: daughter of Psamtik I, had been adopted by God's Wife of Amen, Shepnupet II in 647 BCE.
-sun (Sw): Originally Shu (Sw) was the god of the air.
Her majesty proceeded /// /// 10 to the palace, seated in her palanquin (dnTA.t) the poles (thereof) being made anew, of silver and gold, inlaid with every genuine costly stone, and she caused [that there be offered (?)] /// ///.
11 Year 26, second month of the first season, day 3. [On this day (?)] his majesty [/// /// /// ///]. His majesty sent those who were in his suite, /// /// 12 of the Southland, prophets, and priests (wab) of Amon, and sacred women of Amon. They came, saying: "His majesty has heard that the house of the Divine Votress of Amon 13 is beginning to fall to ruin."
 
-On this day (?): Breasted: or "Coronation Day"
There should be appointed 14 the king's-confidant, Ibe, as chief steward of the Divine Consort, and that there should be collected for him all his things which should go [for the payment (?)] of the works, 15 [an]d that they should be delivered to all the scribes and inspectors sent with the business of the house of the Divine Votress, as many as they were. The list of every day /// /// /// 16 [//////] utensils of silver, gold, copper, [///], [everything] of the White House.
17 I [filled (?)] her granaries with [wheat (?)], spelt, and all fruits, I multiplied her cattle yards with bullocks, [obliged (?)] her officials to pay dues /// /// 18 all of them. I conserved everything by exaction in /// throughout. 20 All her affairs of the myriad of years which every excellent king lives.
-White House: the treasury.
/// /// he [went (?)] to receive her in the temple of Amon /// ///. 19 She spent the day sealing [/// ///] of the house.
20 All her affairs of the myriad of years which every excellent king lives.
This passage refers to Nitocris spending the day inspecting her affairs (Breasted).
I built her refectory (wab.t) by the side of the king's-house (pr stnj), (called): "Khonsu-of-[///]", as an eternal work, everything was a work of /// 21 /// in it, /// her house {H.t) in the pure house {pr) of her father, Amon, which her father, Re, made for her in the first beginnlng {sp tpj), 100 cubits high, and 100 cubits wide /// /// /// /// 22 built in all its ///. Its /// was of stone, its pavement was of stone, every [altar (?)] found in it, its tables /// 23 without [number (?)]. Its ceiling was of electrum, inlaid with every genuine costly stone.
I erected a temple {H.t-ntr) beside it for her lord, Osiris-Wennofer, of [all (?)] excellent work. His barque ///
24 /// like Re in his horizon. The portable image of his majesty was fashioned of electrum, inlaid with every genuine costly stone, together with statues of her body of electrum /// /// /// 25 /// /// to her palace in her [barge (?)] before the /// place.
 
-100 cubits high: about 50 metres.
-ceiling: lit., heaven. Egyptian temples were like the universe en miniature, with thickets of lotus and papyrus etc.
At his feast which the land celebrated for him on the sixth of the month; [whereof the like was done (?)] beside the upper gate of Amon-Re [/// ///] with her father at his feast of the first month of the third season (Pakhons) 26 ///.
She filled his secret cavern with brick, with [all (?)] [genuine things (?)] that he desired. Its doors were of cedar, the pavement of [/// /// /// /// ///] which the queen (Hn.t), L. P. H., [///] Divine Votress, Nitocris, fashioned [//////]
27 /// /// Great Divine Consort, Mehetnusekhet, likewise in everything; [in order to bury (?)] a multitude of their vessels, even all their offering-tables of the temple, of silver, gold, and every costly stone. I founded their divine offerings, of bread, beer, cattle, fowl, linen, ointment, wine, milk, [///], and vegetables as daily [offerings [without (?)] ] 28 number. ......

J. H. Breasted, Ancient Records of Egypt, Part Four, § 958

 


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