Coffin Lid of Padiamun


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Anthropoid coffin lid of Padiamun, made from sycamore wood, covered with gesso and painted with images and texts on the outside only. The inside of the lid is plain wood. Width at shoulder: 815 mm; depth at centre: 200 mm; depth at foot 560 mm; depth at head 330 mm. 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., base 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 Inscriptions copied and studied by Dr Colin Walters and referred to as No. 19 in his unpublished manuscript.