Coffin fragment



Accession Number
W304
Current Location
In storage
Object Type
Tomb equipment, Coffin/sarcophagus/cartonnage
Period
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty
Twelfth Dynasty
Material
Wood
Provenance
Egypt, Deir el-Bersha
Measurements
Height: 157mm | Width: 1168mm | Depth: 23mm
Number of Elements
1
Divine Name
Anubis

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Description

Inscribed coffin fragment from Deir el-Bersha, which dates to the Twelfth Dynasty. The inscription reads 'An offering which the king gives to Anubis, Lord of Sepa, (in order that) he may tread happily on his beautiful ways of the necropolis.'. This formula is typical of the Middle Kingdom (Willems 1996, p. 47). Purchased by Wellcome in 1924 from the collection of Ellinor Frances Berens. An old menu card associated with this object states 'Old Mr Parvis gave me this remaining piece after cutting up the rest into boxes of which I had bought a good many. This had some inscription expressing the hope that Anubis, the jackal headed god, will grant to the deceased a good funeral. Bersheh is in the Anubis nome. This wood is more than 4000 years old. Spring of 1909. Parvis died in Italy the same summer, Randolph Berens, Savoy Hotel, Cairo.' This must relate to Giuseppe Parvis, a well-known furniture maker in Cairo.

Bibliography

Willems, Harco 1996. The coffin of Heqata (Cairo JdE 36418): a case study of Egyptian funerary culture of the early Middle Kingdom. Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 70. Leuven: Peeters.

Inscription

ḥtp di͗ nswt i͗npw nb spꜣ sḏꜣ.f nfr ḥr wꜣwt.f nfrt nt i͗mntt An offering which the king gives to Anubis, Lord of Sepa, (in order that) he may tread happily on his beautiful ways of the necropolis.

Language
Egyptian
Script
Hieroglyphic
Last modified: 03 Mar 2022

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