Coffin Lid of Tamutheribes



Mummiform wooden coffin with gesso and paint decoration. Inscribed for the ‘lady of the house’, Tamutheribes, daughter of Pedenehem and Shepenesi. The lid is decorated with a vulture head-dress and lotus petal pectoral, beneath which is a figure of the goddess Nut with wings outstretched and her name above her head. Beneath the wings are vertical lines of inscription, in some places poorly preserved. Dr John Taylor of the British Museum said this was a very late example from the 26th Dynasty. The coffin had been much restored before it was described in 1877 and has since suffered damage during the Second World War. When the coffin was displayed in Joseph Mayer’s Egyptian Museum it contained a mummified female from the early Roman Period (accession number M14048). There is a hand copy of the inscriptions made by Dr Colin Walters kept within the Antiquities collection archive. CONDITION NOTE 1998: Lid and base is cracking/fractured, gesso is flaking,textile is fragile and tearing, gesso is flaking off from these areas. Lid has external damage, especially at feet and lower limbs.