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Coffin Box


From: Egypt | Thebes (uncertain) (Egypt)

Curatorial Section: Egyptian

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Object Number E14344B
Current Location Collections Storage
Provenience Egypt | Thebes (uncertain) (Egypt)
Period Third Intermediate Period | Twenty-First Dynasty | Twenty-Second Dynasty
Date Made 1085-730 BCE
Section Egyptian
Materials Cartonnage | Pigment | Wood
Technique Painted
Iconography Human | Horus | Anubis | Osiris | Thoth | Isis | Hathor | Nephthys
Inscription Language Hieroglyphic

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 (E14344A). The lid (E14344C) is now separate.

Length 180 cm
Width 46 cm
Credit Line Purchased from Nicolas Tano, 1924

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