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Coffin: E.GA.4331.1943

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Current Location: In storage




Fragment of a wooden coffin board, made of two pieces of wood, showing the goddess Nephthys kneeling on the hieroglyphic sign for gold ‘nwb’. Above Nephthys’s head is her name ‘Nbt-Hwt’. Depictions of Nephthys and her sister Isis were included on coffins to provide protection to the body inside, in the same way that these goddesses protected Osiris’s body.

The figure of Nephthys is painted in black outline and finished in red and green details. The skin has been left unpainted. Several yellow patches are visible. The upper side is also partially covered with a very thin layer of white paste.

The wooden surface is not coated, except the painted areas and the small areas covered with a white plaster-like paste (mentioned above). There are some tool marks, especially on the unpainted side. The unpainted side is also covered with plant fibres and has an inserted wooden dowel, indicating that this side was adhered/connected to another element of the coffin.

Measurements and weight

Height: 0.328 m
Thickness: 0.037 m
Width: 0.184 m

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1943) by Gayer-Anderson, Robert Grenville, Major


Circa -0664 - -0200

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: On the unpainted side, each wooden board is marked “E/GA/4331-1943” in black ink

  • Text: E/GA/4331-1943
  • Type: Pen and ink

Inscription present: The wider board has a paper sticker marked “GA IX 156” in pencil.

  • Text: GA IX 156
  • Type: Paper label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: E.GA.4331.1943
Primary reference Number: 58790
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 13 August 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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

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