Finally! Some appreciation of Montet's work! His finds didn't even make it into global news with the outbreak of WWII, and I have a personal mission to make his finds known. On top of Psusennes (quite literally!) Montet also found the coffin of another King- Sheshonq. It's all so fascinating, hence my selection of avatar (I posted this as an introduction on Glyphdoctors
). I suppose this is a good introduction to the finds of Montet:
My avatar is of the silver coffin of Psusennes I, the most famous of the XXI Dynasty Pharaohs. Psusennes' tomb, discovered just prior to the outbreak of World War II, contained treasures that were at the time arguably the most fantastic to emerge from Egypt. These treasures included solid gold bracelets and pectorals, and most famously his silver coffin and mask. Pierre Montet, the Egyptologist leading the expedition also uncovered six royal tombs at Tanis, including the resting places of at least three other Pharaohs- Amenemope, Osorkon II and Sheshonq III. The unusual coffin of Seshonq III, found hidden in the tomb of Psusennes is unique, as it shows the Pharaoh in avian form, his face encrusted with precious minerals, electrum and silver, a metal more valuable to the Egyptians even than gold.
Unfortunately, Montet's work was dwarfed by the outbreak of the second world war, which prevented his amazing discovery from making headline news. My avatar also shows the nomen and praenomen of Psusennes. My favourite of those two names is, "Pa-Seba-kha-em-Niut", which translates to "The Star arises in the City". All of those words appear within the first few chapters of Gardiner's Egyptian Grammar, except for the definite article- 'pA'.
As you probably guessed, I feel that Montet's work has been somewhat understated by the Egyptological community. I am also considering subscribing to one of those magazines. I hear so many good reviews and comments regarding them. . .