Cartonnage coffin of a baby
- Accession Number
- Current Location
- House of Death (ground floor), Cartonnage display
- Object Types
- Tomb equipment, Coffin/sarcophagus/cartonnage | Organic remains, Human, Human mummy, Child mummy
- Late Period
- Twenty-sixth Dynasty
- Cartonnage | Mummified remains (Human remains)
- Number of Elements
This coffin of a baby is made of painted cartonnage, and dates to around 600 BCE. The inscription on the front and back are meaningless, as is sometimes the case in that period. This coffin was CAT scanned by the Life Sciences department at Swansea University on 28.4.2014 and appeared to contain a tangle of bandages and a darker area including possible femur which was consistent with a twelve to sixteen week old foetus. There was also a possible amulet and either beads or tassels, the latter showing as a row of dots on the scan. It was purchased by Wellcome in the Glendining auction of September 1934. A very similar item was sold in the Rustafjaell sale of 1907, lot 169 (shown on Plate IV).
For coffins of babies see C. Speiser 'Cercueils d'enfants dans l'Egypte ancienne at tardive' in 'Nasciturus : infans, puerulus. Vobis mater terra. La muerte en la infancia'. SIAP Servei d’Investigacions Arqueològiques i prehistòriques, Barcelona, pp. 513-550.
- Last modified: 18 Oct 2020