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Coffin: E.1.1822

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Object information

Wooden anthropoid coffin set of Nespawershefyt comprising a mummy board, inner coffin and outer coffin complete with lids and boxes. The mummy board, which once had a wooden rim support fixed to the underside of the head, would have been placed over the mummy, before being interred in the smaller inner coffin, which nested inside the larger outer one. The coffin set is attributed to Thebes and on stylistic grounds dates to the Third Intermediate Period (Dynasty 21). It is richly and densely decorated inside and out in just a few bold colours with various religious scenes, including magical spells from the Book of the Dead and the owner making offerings before different gods and goddesses. The texts describe the types of offerings Nespawershefyt will receive in the afterlife, his titles, spells to assist the deceased in his successful passage to the netherworld and invocations to the gods.

The individual elements of Nespawershefyt's coffin set comprises:
* The outer (or intermediate) coffin box
* The outer (or intermediate) coffin lid
* The inner coffin box
* The inner coffin lid
* The mummy board

For more extensive information on this coffin set, refer to the Fitzwilliam Egyptian Coffins online resource -

Named entities

Acquisition and important dates

  • Method of acquisition: Given
  • Dates: 1822


Find spot

  • Thebes (Egypt)

Measurements and weight

  • Depth: 49 cm
  • Length: 190 cm
  • Length: 206 cm
  • Width: 60 cm

Components of the work

  • Mummy Board measuring: Length by cm by 179

Materials used in production

Associated department: Antiquities

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

  • Accession number: E.1.1822
  • Primary reference Number: 49036
  • Oldadmincategory: SS
  • Stable URI

Audit data

  • Created: Saturday 6 August 2011
  • Updated: Friday 26 March 2021
  • Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021
  • Data source: Adlib

Associated institutions

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