Coffin Box of Hetepti card

Coffin Box of Hetepti

Currently not on display


Rectangular wooden coffin formed from irregular planks of wood with a thin application of gesso with inscriptions and decorative details in black. At the head end on the left side are a pair of wedjat eyes, and along the upper edge of the same side is a single line of hieroglyphic inscription with an offering formula invoking Osiris. A corresponding line is found on the right side; the god mentioned this time is Anubis. There are also inscriptions along the upper edges of the head and foot ends, both simply giving the name and title of the deceased: Hetepti, the sole royal ornament, the priestess of Hathor, the daily watcher of Min, acquaintance of the king. The lid became separate from the box after the collections were evacuated from the museum in the Second World War. The lid was later presumed lost and lay unrecognised in the collections. It was assigned a temporary number in about 2000 when it was moved to a new store (DP Temp 4833). The lid was identified by Ashley Cooke in January 2014 and reassigned the original accession number with ‘b’ as suffix (i.e., The coffin was excavated by Percy Newberry and Hugh Whitaker in 1911 in the cliffs to the north-east of Akhmim (in error called el-Hawawish) Two other coffins from the same tomb are now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. In the 1912 publication of the fieldwork by Newberry he refers to the coffin as “Coffin No. 2” which in error is noted as being in Cairo, rather than Liverpool. Compare with a coffin from the same tomb published by Diana Magee, 'An Early Middle Kingdom Coffin from Akhmim in the Ashmolean Museum (No. 1911.477)' in Journal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities volume 13 [4], p.241-248.