Coffin Lid of Ankhesenaset card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum

Coffin Lid of Ankhesenaset


On display


Lid of a wooden mummiform outer coffin, painted black , the colour of silt rich soil symbolic of fertility and resurrection. Details are painted in yellow that is now very faint. The pectoral is of lotus flowers and pomegranates and below is a winged disc and a now indecipherable scene which, according to an earlier description, was a vignette from Chapter 125 of the Book of the Dead. Down the centre is a single column of inscription with an offering request for a woman described as a ‘Chantress of Amun’ but only the beginning of her name (Ankhesen…) can be seen as the last few hieroglyphs have not survived. The coffin contained the mummy of Ankh-es-en-aset sealed within a cartonnage mummy case (M14000).