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Coffin set of Nespawershefyt: E.1.1822

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Current Location: Gallery 19


Coffin set of Nespawershefyt




Wooden anthropoid coffin set of Nespawershefyt comprising a mummy board, inner coffin and outer coffin complete with lids and boxes. The mummy board, which once had a wooden rim support fixed to the underside of the head, would have been placed over the mummy, before being interred in the smaller inner coffin, which nested inside the larger outer one. The coffin set is attributed to Thebes and on stylistic grounds dates to the Third Intermediate Period (Dynasty 21). It is richly and densely decorated inside and out in just a few bold colours with various religious scenes, including magical spells from the Book of the Dead and the owner making offerings before different gods and goddesses. The texts describe the types of offerings Nespawershefyt will receive in the afterlife, his titles, spells to assist the deceased in his successful passage to the netherworld and invocations to the gods.

The individual elements of Nespawershefyt's coffin set comprises:
* The outer (or intermediate) coffin box
* The outer (or intermediate) coffin lid
* The inner coffin box
* The inner coffin lid
* The mummy board

For more extensive information on this coffin set, refer to the Fitzwilliam Egyptian Coffins online resource -

Measurements and weight

Depth: 49 cm
Length: 190 cm
Length: 206 cm
Width: 60 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1822) by Hanbury, Barnard Waddington, George


Third Intermediate period
Production date: 1000 BC

Components of the work

Mummy Board Length 179 cm

Materials used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: E.1.1822
Primary reference Number: 49036
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 9 February 2022 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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