Inner Coffin of Padiamun

53.72b

On display

Lower half of the innermost coffin (or 'mummy case') of Padiamun constructed from cartonnage. The sealed cartonnage coffin was cut in half to remove the mummy in the 1851 examination of the mummy. In 1911 Margaret Murray writes that the cartonnage case is "now in a delapidated condition". The top half was not given to Liverpool Museum (World Museum) and like the outermost wooden coffin it is now lost. This is one of three coffins that contained the mummy of Padiamun. Width at shoulder: 745 mm; depth at foot: 50 mm; depth at head: 110 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 Inscriptions copied and studied by Dr Colin Walters and referred to as No. 19 in his unpublished manuscript.