Coffin Fragment of Tanetaa



Part of the proper right side of the wooden outer anthropoid coffin of a lady called Tanetaa. On the exterior an ornamental kheker-frieze runs along the top edge. Below this are ten columns of hieroglyphic text between coloured block-borders. On the interior there is a single right-facing vertical line of polychrome hieroglyphs between linear borders. Hieroglyphs can face either right or left and can be written in vertical or horizontal lines. On this coffin the writing reads from right to left and starts at the top of each column. The animal and bird hieroglyphs face in the direction they are read. The small auction label on one side (number 869) refers to the Sotheby's sale in London, 12-21 July 1911, the collection of F G Hilton Price. The coffin panel was was number 11A in Hilton Price's catalogue of his collection. Other parts of this coffin are now in the British Museum (EA 30360). The mummy case of Tanetaa's husband is also in the British Museum (1893,0514.183); her mummy, mummy case and cartonnage case are in the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago (30005). CONDITION NOTE (1998): Incomplete,previously screwed to case,old label pasted to surface, surface disruption, some loss.