About this object

Coffin trough of the anthropoid outer coffin of Padiamun, made from sycamore wood and painted with decoration. Decorated with khekher frieze and columns of text. The interior has polychrome decoration with an anthropomorphic version of the Djed pillar with attributes of Osiris.

Acquired by James Burton in Thebes, possibly in 1825 when he records in his journal that he saw a mummy for sale in the house of Piccinini the dealer. In 1828 Burton sent the mummy and coffins to Grove House, Regent's Park, London (in the care of George Bellas Greenough). The coffins and mummy were seen by the Scottish antiquarian Robert Hay (1799-1863) in Thebes, about 1826, and called by him 'Mr Burton's mummy' at this time. Liverpool Museum (now World Museum) only received one complete sycamore wooden coffin (i.e., base and lid) and one cartonnage coffin base. Inscriptions copied and studied by Dr Colin Walters and referred to as No. 19 in his unpublished manuscript.
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Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Third Intermediate Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date made
    747 BC - 656 BC (Dynasty 25) about
  • Materials
    Paint; Wood Sycamore; Gesso
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Gloucester City Museum, 1953
  • Collector
    James Burton
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date collected
    1825
  • Measurements
    450 mm x 815 mm x 2200 mm
  • Related people
    Decimus Burton (Previous owner); James Burton (Collector, previous owner); Septimus Burton (Previous owner); Gloucester City Museum (Previous owner); Gloucester Literary and Scientific Society (Previous owner); Edmund Hopkinson (Previous owner)

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Publications

  • 'An Egyptian Hippocampus', in Historical Studies by Flinders Petrie

    Murray, Margaret

    Author: Murray, Margaret
    Publisher: British School of Archaeology in Egypt
    Date: 1911
    Description: Chapter by Margaret Murray in 'Historical Studies', pp. 39-40, pl. xxi

  • 'Burton's Mummy' in Minerva volume 7 number 6

    Cook, Neil

    Author: Cook, Neil
    Publisher: Minerva
    Date: 1996
    Description: Illustrated article in Minerva November/December 1996

  • 'By-Products of Bibliography' in the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology vol. 54

    Moss, Rosalind

    Author: Moss, Rosalind
    Publisher: The Egypt Exploration Society
    Date: 1968
    Description: An article in Journal of Egyptian Archaeology vol. 54

  • Egyptian Mummies in the City of Liverpool Museums

    Peter Gray and Dorothy Slow

    Author: Peter Gray and Dorothy Slow
    Publisher: Liverpool Corporation
    Date: 1968
    Description: Results of 1967 X Rays of the mummies in Liverpool Museum (now World Museum).

  • Inschriften der Spätzeit Teil III: Die 25 Dynastie

    Jansen-Winkeln, Karle

    Author: Jansen-Winkeln, Karle
    Publisher: Harrassowitz Verlag
    Date: 2009
    Description:

  • 'Theban coffins from the Twenty-second to the Twenty-sixth Dynasty: dating and synthesis of development' in 'The Theban Necropolis Past Present and Future', edited by Nigel Strudwick and John H Taylor

    John H Taylor,

    Author: John H Taylor,
    Publisher: British Museum Press
    Date: 2003
    Description:

Ownership

Previous owners

  • James Burton

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Septimus Burton

    Owned from: 1839
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Decimus Burton

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1848-12
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Edmund Hopkinson

    Owned from: 1848-12
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1851
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Gloucester Literary and Scientific Society

    Owned from: 1851
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Gloucester City Museum

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1953
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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