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Mrs. TsenhorA Female Entrepreneur in Ancient Egypt$
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Koenraad Donker van Heel

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9789774166341

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774166341.001.0001

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Earth and Water

Earth and Water

Nesmin, 556 BCE

(p.31) 2 Earth and Water
Mrs. Tsenhor

Koenraad Donker van Heel

American University in Cairo Press

In 556 BCE Tsenhor’s father Nesmin received a sizable portion of land in exchange for his work as a choachyte, which is the technical term for a mortuary priest bringing libations to the dead. His deceased client was a woman also called Tsenhor, who may therefore have been Tsenhor’s name-giver. She would be born only a few years after this agreement was concluded. This chapter provides an in-depth analysis of the Demotic contract describing the agreement involved: Papyrus Louvre E 10935. The text mentions various Late Period dignitaries who are also known from the archaeological evidence.

Keywords:   Choachyte, Agriculture, Libations, Demotic, Pabasa

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