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Coffin: E.1.2004

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Current Location: In storage




Head end of a yellow anthropoid coffin box roughly fashioned from five pieces of cedar and sycomore fig and joined with sycomore fig dowels. A thick layer of coarse brown paste mixed with chopped vegetable fibres was used to build up the sides and fill insect damage and other deficiencies in the wood. A thin white calcite and calcium sulphate paste was applied over this.

Depicted on the inside of the coffin fragment is a ba-spirit flying up from the body (the same representation can be found on the inner coffin of Nespawershefyt, E.1.1822). It is rendered in red, blue (Egyptian blue) and green (severely darkened) paint on a yellow background, with black and red decorative outlines. A pistacia resin varnish has been selectively applied to the surface. The outside is covered with an original (but not fully identified) black coating, making it difficult to see the decoration. Nevertheless, red outlining is visible and VIL images show that there is an intricate design worked in Egyptian blue, including a black border, vertical bands of hieroglyphs and at least one figure.

Measurements and weight

Height: 27 cm
Width: 32 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2003) by Peers, Anne, Mrs, with her brother and sister


Third Intermediate period
Circa -0955 BCE - -0735 BCE

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Techniques used in production

Carved : Painted

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Identification numbers

Accession number: E.1.2004
Primary reference Number: 98444
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 8 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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