Coffin fragment

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Death (ground floor), Coffins case, Left
Object Type
Tomb equipment, Coffin/sarcophagus/cartonnage, Coffin/sarcophagus panel
Graeco-Roman Period
Egypt, Tuna el Gebel
Number of Elements
Scarab | Snake
Divine Name
Geb | Horus | Isis | Nekhbet | Nephthys | Osiris | Re | Wadjet
Height: 540mm | Width: 602mm | Depth: 55mm

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Wooden coffin fragment with applied wood decoration. The sides take the form of posts, which are decorated on two sides with rosettes between rectangular shapes painted green and red. The panel is divided into two registers, which are surrounded by a horizontal band of hieroglyphs (inscription below). On the top, the deceased (or priest?) is depicted at either end with his hands raised in adoration before a winged scarab with two cobras (Wadjet and Nekhbet) emerging from it. A large solar disk was once present at the head of the scarab, but this is now missing and is only identifiable from the circular paint mark. Below this register is a scene depicting Isis (right) adoring Osiris, and Nephthys (left) adoring Re(?). The object is likely the end panel of an outer coffin box. W1042 and W1042a possibly belong to the same coffin. The object was purchased by Sir Henry Wellcome in 1911 from the collection of Lady Meux. It bears the number [6], which corresponds to Budge's numbering of objects in the Meux collection. Stylistically, the coffin dates to the second century AD and comes from the necropolis of Tuna el-Gebel.


Anonymous. 1996. The face of Egypt: Swansea Festival exhibition: 5 October 1996–5 January 1997. Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. [Cat. 256] Budge, E. A. Wallis 1896. Some account of the collection of Egyptian antiquities in the possession of Lady Meux, of Theobald’s Park, Waltham Cross, 2nd ed. London: Harrison & Sons. [p. 77, nr. 6] Kurth, Dieter 1990. Der Sarg der Teüris: eine Studie zum Totenglauben im römerzeitlichen Ägypten. Aegyptiaca Treverensia: Trierer Studien zum Griechisch-Römischen Ägypten 6. Mainz am Rhein: Philipp von Zabern.

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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”.


Last modified: 20 Aug 2023

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