Coffin Box of Padiamun



Box 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., box 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 Inscriptions copied and studied by Dr Colin Walters and referred to as No. 19 in his unpublished manuscript. .