Shabti Coffin of Khnumu



Model of a coffin that may have contained a shabti, reproducing in miniature a style of coffin popular in the Second Intermediate Period and early New Kingdom. The lid is rectangular with a vaulted top and upright ends although one end is now broken away. The coffin box and lid are both painted white. Along the length of the lid is painted a yellow band with black hieroglyphs: "The Osiris, Sat-khnumu [sAt-Xnmw]." Lid and box both marked in black ink by the excavator with the grave number 15E. Dorothy Downes published the coffin as belonging to "the Lady Khnumsat". Purchased at Sotheby's, London, 26 June - 6 July 1922 (MacGregor Collection) Lot 1684/9: "A sandstone Brick with inscription, found at Esna in 1906; also two terra-cotta Masks with human faces, and three model Mummy-coffins". CONDITION NOTE (1988): Incomplete, no head section, badly chipped, large area of loss, pitted surface, pigmentation worn, surface dirt, old label adhered to base, some cracking.