End panel of a coffin



Accession Number
W1042a
Current Location
House of Death (ground floor), Coffins case, Left
Object Type
Tomb equipment, Coffin/sarcophagus/cartonnage, Coffin/sarcophagus panel
Period
Graeco-Roman Period
Material
Wood
Provenance
Egypt, Tuna el Gebel
Number of Elements
1
Animals
Scarab | Snake
Divine Name
Geb | Horus | Isis | Osiris

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Description

This is the end panel from a rectangular coffin showing a winged scarab. With no. 6863 on side . Lower section shows two male seated figures (Horus and Osiris) with two females (Nephthys and Isis). The goddesses where long Egyptian style garments which fall in scalloped-shaped drapes. From Tuna el-Gebel. The frieze includes Horus, Isis and Osiris. The Upper scene shows the deceased restored to life and worshipping the solar disc. W1042 and W1042a possibly belong to the same coffin. This is presumably from a box coffin which would have had a vaulted lid and four corner posts. (Corner posts first appear in the 25th Dynasty and are revived in the Roman Period in western Thebes, perhaps inspired by uncovering of earlier forms). Such coffins tended to be outer coffins. See a similar coffin in Kurth, Dieter 1990. Der Sarg der Teuris: eine Studie zum Totenglauben im romerzeitlichen Agypten. The winged scarab also appears on a Roman Period Coffin of the 2nd century AD from Qurna, Thebes belonging to Cleopatra (EA6706).

Bibliography

Anonymous. 1996. The face of Egypt: Swansea Festival exhibition: 5 October 1996–5 January 1997. Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. [Cat. 256]

Wellcome Number
A61340: 6863 (written on the object)
Other Identity
Number 6 written in square brackets [6]. This is similar to W1042 and W1222.
Previous Owner
Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Acquisition
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Exhibition
1996–1997, 05 Oct–05 Jan. Swansea, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Museum, 'The Face of Egypt'

Inscription

ꜥnḫ nṯr nfr ḥr ꜣst wsi͗r ḫnty-i͗mntt nṯr ꜥꜣ nb ꜣbḏw sꜣ n wr tp n gb Life to the Good God. Horus, Isis, and Osiris, Foremost of the West, the Great God, Lord of Abydos, the eldest son, the first born of Geb”.

Language
Egyptian
Script
Hieroglyphic
Last modified: 19 Oct 2020

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