About this object

Lid of a wooden mummiform coffin, painted black with details in yellow that is now very faint. The coffin contains an inner cartonnage mummy case with a female mummy (M14000). The pectoral is of lotus flowers and pomegranates and below is a winged disc and a now indecipherable scene which, according to an earlier description, was a vignette from Chapter 125 of the Book of the Dead. Down the centre is a single column of inscription with an offering request for a woman described as a ‘Chantress of Amun’ but only the beginning of her name (Ankhesen…) can be seen as the last few hieroglyphs have not survived. Her name would have ended with the name of a god and in 1877 her name was recorded as Ankhesenhesi. Dr van Walsem of Leiden University studied the coffin on 15 December 1981 and recommneded the name be read as Ankhesenaset.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Third Intermediate Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date made
    945 BC - 715 BC (Dynasty 22) about
  • Materials
    Paint; Wood; Resin
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    275 mm x 550 mm x 1920 mm
  • Note
    In 1877 the British Museum's first Egyptologist, Dr Samuel Birch, visited the collection to provide advice for the curator, Charles Gatty. Dr Birch said the coffin (M13999) and cartonnage case (M14000) did not belong together. Mr Gatty also noted that Dr Birch “thought very highly of this coffin”. From then until 2008 the mummy of Padiamunnebnesuttauwy (M14050) was, by error, kept inside coffin M13999.

    In the British Museum's collection there is a similar cartonnage encased mummy of a priest called Djedkhonsiufankh who in all probability is the father of Ankhesenaset (British Museum number EA 6662, which is also from the Joseph Sams collection).

    For a comparison see, Taylor and Strudwick, The Theban Necropolis (London, 2003), p. 108, pl. 52 [coffin of Kharushery, New York, MMA 86.1.31-32].
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Associated Person, collector, previous owner); Joseph Sams (Collector, previous owner)

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  • Catalogue of the Egyptian Museum, No. VII, Colquitt Street, Liverpool

    Mayer, Joseph

    Author: Mayer, Joseph
    Publisher: Joseph Mayer
    Date: 1852
    Description: Joseph Mayer published a catalogue of his collection in 1852, whilst it was at his Egyptian Museum in Colquitt Street. This is before he donated his collection to the Liverpool Free Public Museums in 1867 so his entries do not include the accession numbers that the objects now bear.

  • Catalogue of the Mayer Collection Part 1. The Egyptian, Babylonian and Assyrian Antiquities. Second and Revised Edition.

    Gatty, Charles

    Author: Gatty, Charles
    Publisher: The Committee of the Liverpool Free Public Library, Museum and Gallery of Art
    Date: 1879
    Description: Catalogue of most of Joseph Mayer's Egyptian and Near Eastern collection that was on display. It also includes a small number of other collections, such as those given by Mr William Crosfield in 1861, some by Mr Charles Stoess in 1869, and others by Mr J. A. Tinne in 1870. Occasionally reference will be made to the provenance of objects, in particular if they are from the Jospeh Sams or Lord Valentia (ex Henry Salt) collections. There are illustrations of some objects, in particular the amulets, by Mr Ll. Jewitt, FSA. Compared to Mayer's 1852 cataloue there are more detailed descriptions for inscribed objects such as stelae, giving names and titles and the character of the text, provided by Samuel Birch of the British Museum who visited the collections in March 1877.


  • Mummies and Treasures from the Graves

    Start date: 1991-07-10
    End date: 1991-07-10
    Description: An exhibition held at Yong-In Farmland, South Korea, 20 km south of Seoul.


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: 1839
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Joseph Sams

    Owned from: 1833
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1839
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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