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Wooden coffin of a dog: E.47.1902

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Current Location: Gallery 19


Wooden coffin of a dog




This small wooden box coffin, believed to be for a dog, was discovered by John Garstang at Beni Hasan and gifted to the Museum in 1902. The coffin is made from twelve pieces of Lebanese cedar wood (Cedrus Libani), although only eight are preserved, with mitred corners held together by dowels. The exterior of the coffin is painted yellow with a band of hieroglyphic text extending around each side and on the lid. The text indicates the owner of the coffin was named Heb.

Measurements and weight

Height: 21 cm
Length: 70 cm
Width: 27 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1902)


Eleventh Dynasty
12th Dynasty#
Middle Kingdom
-2119 BC - -1794 BC

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Identification numbers

Accession number: E.47.1902
Primary reference Number: 50433
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 11 February 2022 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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