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Coffin: E.2.1869

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Object information

Wooden coffin set belonging to a man named Pakepu comprising two anthropoid coffins complete with lids and boxes. The coffin set is attributed to Thebes and on stylistic grounds dates to the Late Period (probably the end of the 25th Dynasty). The smaller coffin of the two, known as the inner coffin, nests inside the larger, intermediate one. Both coffins were probably then housed inside a larger, outer 'qersu' coffin.

The coffins are painted and decorated in a colour palette of red, blue, green and two different shades of yellow and bear a range of inscriptions and iconography, many of which are appeals to the gods, especially Osiris, for the provision of food offerings and all good, sweet and delicious things.

The inner coffin interestingly bears a complex layered structure above the wooden carcass made from a combination of fibrous glue, linen and layers of calcite paste, reminiscent of the technique of cartonnage. This association is supported by the presence of a substantial plinth under Pakepu's feet, like those used to attach the footboard in cartonnage coffins.

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: 1869


Find spot

  • Thebes (Egypt)

Components of the work

  • Outer Coffin measuring: Length by cm by 209

Associated department: Antiquities

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

  • Accession number: E.2.1869
  • Primary reference Number: 49054
  • Oldadmincategory: SS
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Audit data

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

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