Coffin of a bird
- Accession Number
- Current Location
- On loan to Epping Forest District Museum
- Object Types
- Organic remains, Bird, Bird mummy | Tomb equipment, Coffin/sarcophagus/cartonnage, Coffin/sarcophagus of animals, Coffin/sarcophagus of bird
- Graeco-Roman Period
- Mummified remains (Animal remains) | Wood
- Height: 350mm | Width: 119mm | Depth: 185mm
- Number of Elements
A hollow wooden bird-shaped coffin wearing a double crown. Traces of gilt remain, and there is some modern blue paint on one side. A mummified bird of prey remains in the interior. Such birds were specially bred and killed to be given as votive offerings to the gods. Some coffins do not contain birds, but this one has been X-rayed and a bird was discovered. The coffin is carved from a single piece of wood. The exterior would have been covered with gesso and painted.
For a similar example see: R. Bailleul-Le Suer (ed.) 2012, 'Between heaven and Earth: Birds in ancient Egypt', Chicago, pp. 186-188. See Ken Griffith's article in 'Inscriptions' January 2009 for a description of the X-ray results.
- Wellcome Number
- Auction Details
- Two old Egyptian 18th Dynasty hawks.
- Previous Owner
- Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
- Last modified: 16 Sep 2022