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Coffin Box

Object Number:
E14344B
Current Location:
Provenience:
Egypt
Thebes (uncertain) (Egypt)
Period:
Third Intermediate Period
Twenty-First Dynasty
Twenty-Second Dynasty
Date Made:
1085-730 BC
Early Date:
-1085
Late Date:
-730
Section:
Egyptian
Materials:
Cartonnage
Pigment
Wood
Technique:
Painted
Iconography:
Human
Horus
Anubis
Osiris
Thoth
Isis
Hathor
Nephthys
Description:
This anthropoid mummy case is made of cartonnage, a material consisting of several layers of linen or papyrus pasted together and covered by a thin layer of plaster and painted. The case originally contained the mummy of a man named Nebnetcheru, who was a priest with the title of God’s Father of Amun at Karnak Temple.
A djed-pillar, a symbol of Osiris, decorates the back of this cartonnage case. Placed along the spine, the djed-pillar also represents stability. There is an ankh, the symbol for “life”, at the back of the head. Additional decorative elements include depictions of the four sons of Horus and tyet-amulets. Stitching down the center back indicates how the cartonnage was originally sealed around the mummy. When acquired in 1924, the case was intact and closed. It was opened in 1933 to remove the mummy.The top (lid) of the cartonnage is on display in the Secrets and Science gallery (E14344C). Nebnetcheru’s mummy (E14344A) is on display in the Mummy Room. His mummy is the one in the center on the floor in the reconstructed tomb case.
Length:
180cm
Width:
46cm
Credit Line:
Purchased from Nicolas Tano

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Searching for Ancient Egypt: (1997 - 1997)
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Bibliography:

[Book] Silverman, David P. 1997. Searching for Ancient Egypt: Art, Architecture and Artifacts from the University of Pennsylvania Museum. : Page/Fig./Plate: 266-67
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[Book] The Artifacts of Ancient Egypt. : Page/Fig./Plate: 72
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