Human Skeleton



From: Egypt | Deshasheh

Curatorial Section: Egyptian

Object Number E2553A
Current Location Collections Storage
Provenience Egypt | Deshasheh
Locus Gr30
Period Old Kingdom | Fifth Dynasty
Date Made 2500 - 2350 BCE
Section Egyptian
Materials Human Remains
Iconography Man

Skeleton of Man (a) with walking stick (B). The famous Egyptologist W.M. Flinders Petrie discovered this coffin and its occupant at the site of Deshahsheh in 1897. Examination of this skeleton showed that the man’s left leg was two inches shorter than his right (possibly from poliomyelitis) and therefore, he probably walked with a limp or relied heavily on his walking stick, which is placed along the edge of the coffin. The coffin was hollowed out of a single trunk of sycamore.

Credit Line Distribution from the Egypt Exploration Fund; William Flinders Petrie, 1898
Other Number ES2553 - Original Number | E2552 - Associated Object Number

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