Coffin of Nakht-ankh



Rectangular wooden coffin inscribed for Nakht-ankh. The box is painted in polychrome with a series of monumental doorways and an eye-panel at the head end on one side. The horizontal line of hieroglyphic inscription extending along the upper edge on either side invokes Osiris. A series of four vertical columns of inscription breaks up the decoration on either side. The lid (2045 x 535 x 85 mm) is decorated and inscribed but damaged (areas appear burnt, most likely to have occurred in 1941 when the museum was destroyed by fire). The head and foot ends of the box are framed by three lines of inscription; both are missing part of the lower region. The interior is not decorated and the floor is missing. Indentified in an archive photograph from Beni Hasan, tomb number 294. From Beni Hasan, cemetery below the Middle Kingdom rock-cut tombs: excavated by John Garstang of the Liverpool Institute of Archaeology, 1902-1904.