Coffin face

Accession Number
Current Location
In storage
Object Type
Tomb equipment, Coffin/sarcophagus/cartonnage
Third Intermediate Period
Egypt, Tarkhan, Kafr Ammar
Length: 605mm | Width: 270mm | Depth: 114mm
Number of Elements

This image may be used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license. For uses not covered under the Creative Commons license, or to license images for commercial uses, please contact the Egypt Centre.


A painted wooden coffin fragment with the face and part of the wig preserved. The face is painted pink, with the eyes and eyebrows in black. This is perhaps the "painted coffin case XXIII–XXV Dyn" listed as coming from Kafr Ammar (Tarkhan), which was excavated by the British School of Archaeology during the 1911–12 season. The object was gifted to the University of Wales, Aberystwyth by John Bancroft Willans, a subscriber of the British School of Archaeology in Egypt, who received the object in 1912, and was subsequently gifted to the Egypt Centre in 1997.


Anonymous. 1996. The face of Egypt: Swansea Festival exhibition: 5 October 1996–5 January 1997. Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. [Cat. 107] Petrie, W. M. Flinders and Ernest Mackay 1915. Heliopolis, Kafr Ammar and Shurafa. British School of Archaeology in Egypt and Egyptian Research Account [24] (18th year). London: School of Archaeology in Egypt; Bernard Quaritch.