About this object

Lower half of the innermost coffin (or 'mummy case') of Padiamun constructed from cartonnage. The sealed cartonnage coffin was cut in half to remove the mummy in the 1851 examination of the mummy. In 1911 Margaret Murray writes that the cartonnage case is "now in a delapidated condition". The top half was not given to Liverpool Museum (World Museum) and like the outermost wooden coffin it is now lost. This is one of three coffins that contained the mummy of Padiamun.

Width at shoulder: 745 mm; depth at foot: 50 mm; depth at head: 110 mm

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 the bottom half of cartonnage mummy case. Inscriptions copied and studied by Dr Colin Walters and referred to as No. 19 in his unpublished manuscript.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Third Intermediate Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date made
    747 BC - 656 BC (Dynasty 25) about
  • Materials
    Cartonnage
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Gloucester City Museum
  • Collector
    James Burton
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date collected
    1825
  • Measurements
    120 mm x 475 mm x 1710 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)

Explore related

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

  • 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

    Gray, Peter; Slow, Dorothy

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

  • 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

  • Gloucester City Museum

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: From the Gloucester Literary and Scientific Society
    Owned until: 1953
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Gloucester Literary and Scientific Society

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

    Owned from: 1848-12
    How acquired: Bought in a raffle
    Owned until: 1851
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Decimus Burton

    Owned from: 1842
    How acquired: Inherited
    Owned until: 1848-12
    Disposal method: Sold in a raffle
  • Septimus Burton

    Owned from: 1840
    How acquired: Purchased from James Burton
    Owned until: 1842
    Disposal method: Bequest
  • James Burton

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1840
    Disposal method: Sold to Septimus Burton
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