Coffin clamp



Accession Number
EC2080
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Drawers beneath stelae, Drawer 2 (Handling tray 2)
Object Type
Tomb equipment, Coffin/sarcophagus/cartonnage, Coffin clamp
Period
Graeco-Roman Period
Materials
Metals/alloys (Copper alloy) | Metals/alloys (Iron)
Provenance
Egypt, Armant, Baqaria
Measurements
Length: 142mm | Width: 72mm | Depth: 8mm
Number of Elements
1
Animal
Bull/cow

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Description

A coffin clamp, of copper alloy, second century AD from Armant cow burial 13. The Baqaria, in which the cow was found, was the resting place of twenty-eight tombs for the mothers of the Buchis bull. It was excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society, 1929-1931. Most burials at the Bucheum had between twenty-one and twenty-three clamps. Twenty-two clamps were specified in the 'Apis Papyrus'. A board was used and the bull or cow placed on top. Clamps were placed into the board of each side of the animal. Linen bandages were passed across the animal and held down by means of the clamps.

Bibliography

Mond, R. and Myers, O.H. 1934. 'The Bucheum' London: Egypt Exploration Society pages 59-60.

Other Identity
153965
Previous Owners
Egypt Exploration Society | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Excavation Details

Egypt Exploration Society

Acquisition
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 08 Mar 2022

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