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Endowments by Sheshonq

"/////////// great chief of chiefs, Sheshonk, triumphant, his son in the glorious place by his father, Osiris, [that he might (?)] lay his beauty [to rest (?)] in the city of Abydos, over against /// ///. Thou wilt let him survive to old age, while his [heart /// /// /// (?)]. Thou wilt let him join the feasts of his majesty, receiving full victory."
This great god saluted exceedingly.
-   lay his beauty [to rest (?)] in the city of Abydos:The Libyan Me had by this time become culturally more or less absorbed, using Egyptian rites
  Abydos: Cult centre of Osiris, burial site of the first pharaohs.
Then his majesty spake again before this great god: "O my good lord, thou shalt slay the [/// (?)], the administrator, the scribe, the inspector, every one who was sent on any commission to the field, of those who stole of his [things (?)] from the offering-table of the Osiris, the great chief of Me, Namlot, triumphant, son of Mehetnusekhet, who is in Abydos; all the people who plundered from his divine offerings, his people, his cattle, his garden his every oblation and all his excellent things. Thou wilt do according to thy great spirit throughout; fill them up and fill up [the number of (?)] the women and the children."
The great god saluted exceedingly.
His majesty smelled the earth before him; his majesty said: Make to triumph, Sheshonk, triumphant, the great chief of Me, chief of chiefs, the great [/// (?)], and all who are [before thee (?)], all the troops /////////."
[Said to (?)] him, Amon-Re, king of gods: "[/// (?)] I will do [/// (?)] for thee, thou shalt attain old age, abiding on earth; thy heir shall be upon thy throne forever."
His majesty sent the statue of Osiris, the great chief of Me, great chief of chiefs, Namlot, triumphant, northward to Abydos. There were /// /// /// /// /// a great army, in order to protect it, having [numerous (?)] ships, /// /// without number, and the messengers of the great chief of Me, in order to deposit it in the august palace, the sanctuary of the right eye of the sun, in order to make his offerings belonging in Abydos, according to the stipulations for making his offerings, incense [/// /// (?)] in the hall of petition.
Osireion - Source: Jon Bodsworth
Osireion
Source: Jon Bodsworth
  thou shalt slay: the oracle was at times little more than a rubber stamp to justify a decision taken by the ruler.
  [/// (?)]: According to Breasted a military officer
  the Osiris: After passing the Judgment of the Dead the deceased became identified with Osiris.
  triumphant: also "justified" lit. true of voice, the deceased who had passed the Judgment of the Dead.
  smelled the earth before him: prostrated himself
  great chief of Me: Sheshonq I (945-924), son of Namlot, was the first pharaoh of the Libyan dynasty. His forebears who lived in a somewhat feudalized society in the western Delta, were entitled Great Chiefs of Me.
His contract was recorded in the hall of writing, according to that which the lord of gods (Amon) had said. A stela was erected for him of granite of Elephantine, bearing the decree /// in his name, in order to deposit it in the divine sanctuary to the end of eternity, (even) forever. Then was established the offering-table of Osiris, the great chief of Me, Namlot, triumphant, son of Mehetnusekhet, who is in Abydos.   hall of writing: Temple archives. (cf. Contracts and other Legal Documents)
  the end of eternity: In the eyes of the ancient Egyptians this world was created out of the primordial waters and will return to this chaotic state at the end of time.
There were brought the [people] of the /// of the great chief of Me, who came with the statue: a Syrian servant (named) Ikhamon [/// (?)], a Syrian (named) Ekptah; [the price of the first (?)] was 14 deben of silver; his majesty gave [for the second (?)] 20 deben of silver; total, 35 deben of silver, the tale thereof.   deben: about 89 grammes
That which was paid for 50 stat (of land) which are in the high district south of Abydos, called, "Eternity-of-the-Kingdom:" 5 deben of silver.
That which is in [/// /// (?)] of the pool which is in Abydos, (viz.) 50 stat of land; amounting to 5 deben of silver.
Total of citizen-lands [/// (?)] two places being: the high district south of Abydos, and the high district north of Abydos: 100 [stat], amounting to 10 deben of silver.
  stat: Greek aroura, about 9 hectares
  land: cf. Landed Property)
His [slave], Pewer, son of ///f; his slave, Ebek; his slave, Bupenamonkha; his slave, Neshenumeh; his slave, Dene; total of slaves: 6; amounting [(at) 3 (?)] deben, 1 kidet of silver [for each (?)], to 1[8 (?)] deben [6 kidet (?)] of silver.
The child of /// /// son of Harsiese, triumphant; amounting to 4 2/3 kidet of silver.
The garden which is in the high district [/// (?)] of Abydos amounting to 2 deben of silver.
The gardener, Harmose, triumphant, son of Pen///; amounting to /// 2/3 kidet of silver; Pene///, triumphant, his ///, Harnepe///r///, triumphant, [amounting to] 6 2/3 kidet of silver.
[/// (?)] Nesitetat, triumphant, whose mother id Tedimut, the female slave, Tediese, daughter of Nebethapi; her mother, Ero///ekh; [the female slave], [Tepiramenef (?)], daughter of Paynehsi, triumphant; //////////// for each one; 5 2/3 kidet of silver being the price of the man; amounting to 3 2/3 deben.

A list of supplies follows and a summary

J. H. Breasted, Ancient Records of Egypt, Part Four, § 675

  kidet: one tenth of a deben, about 9 grammes

 


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