Anthropoid coffin

Accession Number
Current Location
In storage
Object Type
Tomb equipment, Coffin/sarcophagus/cartonnage, Coffin/sarcophagus of humans
Old Kingdom
Fourth Dynasty to Fifth Dynasty
Egypt, Tarkhan
Number of Elements

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A wooden anthropoid coffin constructed of poor quality wood that has been covered with plaster in places. Some of the plaster has traces of red paint. It is damaged in places with the nose broken off, and the ears loose. It was excavated by the British School of Archaeology in Egypt (BSAE) at the site of Tarkhan during the 1911–12 season, and was gifted to the University of Wales, Aberystwyth by John Bancroft Willans, a subscriber of the BSAE, who received the object in 1912. The distribution list from the BSAE for Aberystwyth lists a "long coffin, IV–V Dynasty, Tarkhan". It was subsequently gifted to the Egypt Centre in 1997.


Petrie, W. M. Flinders, G. A. Wainwright, and A. H. Gardiner 1913. Tarkhan I and Memphis V. British School of Archaeology in Egypt and Egyptian Research Account [23] (19th year). London, Aylesbury: Hazell, Watson and Viney, Ltd.

Previous Owners
British School of Archaeology in Egypt | John Bancroft Willans (1881–1957) | University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Excavation Details

Excavated by the British School of Archaeology in Egypt at the site of Tarkhan during the 1911–12 season.

Gift, The University of Wales, Aberystwyth (24 Mar 1997)
Last modified: 05 Sep 2021

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