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Coffin: E.88.1903

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Object information

This anthropoid (human-shaped) coffin was found at Beni Hasan, in tomb 132, inside a rectangular coffin very like Nakht’s (E.68.1903). Pottery from the same tomb, together with the form of the outer coffin (now at the University of Liverpool), suggests a date late in the Twelfth Dynasty (about 1855 – 1790 BC). The coffin decoration shows Userhet prepared for burial, as if the coffin itself is meant to perform the function of the white linen wrappings around his body and the mask over his face. Like earlier mummies, this coffin lay on its side, so that the eyes were close to the eyes painted on the outside of the rectangular coffin. Userhet’s face is painted black, a colour associated with Osiris, and the line of inscription down his front identifies him with that god, beginning ‘O Osiris, warrior Userhet’. The title ‘warrior’ is not common at this period and was not used for others buried in this cemetery; it may signify Userhet’s status locally rather than being a military title. The rest of the text, like that on the coffin of Nakht, calls on Nut to spread herself over him. The decoration on Userhet’s chest represents a broad collar of coloured beads, a feature that occurs on many later coffins. The coffin was given to the Museum by the Beni Hasan Excavation Committee.

Named entities

Acquisition and important dates

  • Method of acquisition: Given
  • Dates: 1903


Find spot

  • Beni Hasan

Measurements and weight

  • Height: 33.2 cm
  • Length: 182.4 cm
  • Width: 41.2 cm

Materials used in production

Associated department: Antiquities

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

  • Accession number: E.88.1903
  • Primary reference Number: 50697
  • 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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