Fragment of a cartonnage coffin
- Accession Number
- Current Location
- House of Life (first floor), Drawers beneath stelae, Drawer 3
- Object Type
- Tomb equipment, Coffin/sarcophagus/cartonnage
- Third Intermediate Period
- Twenty-second Dynasty
- Height: 290mm | Width: 200mm
- Number of Elements
- Divine Name
- Nekhbet | Wadjet
This cartonnage fragment from a coffin shows the goddesses Wadjet and Nekhbet bearing knives. Wadjet was a cobra goddess linked with the uraeus. She often takes the form of a lioness goddess and was known as the 'Eye of Re' or 'She of the Papyrus'. She symbolised Lower Egypt. Nekhbet symbolised upper Egypt and was a vulture goddess. It dates from the Twenty-second Dynasty when figures of demons holding knives are often shown on coffins to protect the deceased.
Kákosy, L. 1976. Un couple de démons cryptographique. In Anonymous (ed.), Studia Aegyptiaca , 177–180. Budapest: [n.p.].
- Last modified: 19 Jan 2021