About this object

Rectangular shabti coffin with seperate vaulted lid with end boards. Traces of yellow paint with text bands and text in blue; eye panel on left side. Inscribed for Nemty-em-weskhet, High Steward of the 13th Dynasty. The decoration of the coffin with four vertical lines of hieroglyphic text on the long sides is typical for coffins of the mid-12th to early 13th Dynasty, as is the mutilation of animal-signs within the text. The coffin is in excellent condition external but the interior of the coffin has been damaged by white ants.
The coffin once contained a “gilded shabti” but its location is no longer known (no reference to where it went following the excavation, and may perhaps have been retained by the Egyptian authorities. The shabti and coffin were nested within a plain limestone sarcophagus (now in the Garstang Museum, The University of Liverpool, accession number E.712). All were buried 7 feet below the west side of a solid brick structure with a stela-niche in each of its four sides, numbered Tomb 321 A'07 by the excavator, John Garstang.

Egyptologist, Dr Wolfram Grajetzki, made the following comment on 18 September 2007: “Nemty-em-weskhet is also known from two stelae (Cairo CG 20100, 20087) and several seals (Martins, Seals nos. 353-356). He was the high steward, which is the third most important office in the Middle Kingdom (after the vizier and treasurer). The coffin is likely to the Thirteenth Dynasty, I would suggest somewhere around the middle. His ranking title khetemty-bity (royal sealer) is written with the red crown, which does not appear in the 12th Dynasty and only more often in the later 13th Dynasty. Nemty-em-weskhet has a number of seals, which is also more typical for officials of the mid-13th Dynasty.”

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Middle Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date made
    About 1773 - 1650 BC (Dynasty 13)
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the University of Liverpool, 2000
  • Collector
    Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Abydos
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    177 mm x 133 mm x 293 mm
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Previous owners

  • University of Liverpool

    Owned from: 1907
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 2000
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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