Mirror of Reniseneb
12th Dynasty, Middle Kingdom
This mirror is inscribed with the name of Reniseneb who had a judicial title translated as “Great One of the Southern Tens.” Reniseneb’s coffin was discovered in 1910 during excavations by Howard Carter and his patron, Lord Carnarvon. It was at the bottom of the shaft of a pit tomb (CC25). Although the two chambers off this shaft had been robbed, the coffin and mummy of Reniseneb were untouched by thieves. Unfortunately, dampness had caused severe damage to both. This mirror was found in the wrappings over the chest of the mummy. A necklace and a shen amulet were found at the neck, and a small hippopotamus figurine was found in the wrappings at the small of the mummy’s back.
(Source: The Metropolitan Museum)