Coffin Fragment



Fragment from a wooden yellow-painted coffin decorated with a scene showing Amenhotep I as a sphinx. The king is identified by his cartouche placed in front of him. A personified ankh placed behind the sphinx holds a fan which indicates a divine presence. This and the other semi-circular fan above the body of the sphinx is showing that here the divine form of the king is manifest in the sphinx. The caption, placed behind the sphinx's curved tail describes the king's actions as 'endowed with stability like Re eternally'. The back is painted yellow and there remains trace of two vertical struts, once pivoted to the board. It has been considered that this is a furniture fragment rather than a coffin. A rectangular gap above the sphinx cuts out most of the semi circular fan. Cracked in three places, with five holes drilled into the surface.