Coffin lid



Accession Number
W489
Current Location
House of Death (ground floor), Coffins case, Right
Object Type
Tomb equipment, Coffin/sarcophagus/cartonnage, Coffin/sarcophagus lid
Period
Graeco-Roman Period
Material
Pottery
Measurements
Height 900mm | Width: 530mm | Depth: 155mm
Number of Elements
1

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Description

A terracotta painted coffin lid. This appears to have belonged to a male as it has a beard. The figure wears a collar with hawk head terminals. Under the collar are outlined in black a bird (left) and an animal (right.) Below that are two deities possibly Horus and Anubis. It dates to the Second century AD. It has been consolidated with resin on the reverse. It must have been excavated prior to 1913 as it appears in Rustafjaell's sale catalogue. It appears to be similar to an example from Garstang's excavations at Esna, now in Liverpool Museum. Cotelle-Michell (2004: figs 117, 120, pp 54, 281-283) states that this coffin may have come from Upper Egypt or from Nubia.

Bibliography

See Cotelle-Michel, L. 2004. 'Les Sarcophagus En Terre Cuite en Egypte et en Nubie de l'epoque predynastique a l'epoque romaine', Dijon: Louis Faton. 90cm high. A similar coffin is held by Liverpool World Museum (1973.4.3760).

Wellcome Number
A10899
Other Identity
W488 (wrong number previously assigned)
Auction
Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 20–24 Jan 1913, Lot 437
Previous Owners
Robert de Rustafjaell (1859–1943) | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Acquisition
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)

Language
Egyptian
Script
Cursive Hieroglyphic
Last modified: 18 Oct 2020

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