About this object

Rectangular wooden coffin trough inscribed for Keki, a steward of Khnumhotep. 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 deities invoked are Amset, Geb, Nut, Duamutef (misspelt as Duaditef), Hapy, Anubis, Ptah-Sokar and Qebehsenuef. The head and foot ends are framed by three lines of inscription, invoking Nephthys, Servet, Neith, Isis and the Great and Little Enneads. The interior is decorated and inscribed, with articles of clothing and equipment for the deceased depicted on the sides. These include, sandals, mirrors, jewellery and staves. The inscriptions on the floor come from the group of spells known as the coffin texts, and there are other standard funerary formulae. The deities invoked are Anubis, Isis and Geb. The coffin was acquired with a lid. Probably from Beni Hasan, tomb number 886.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Middle Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Beni Hasan
  • Date made
    1922 BC - 1874 BC (Dynasty 12: Reign of Amenemhat II - Senusret II) about
  • Materials
    Paint; Wood; Gesso
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the University of Liverpool, 2000
  • Collector
    Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Beni Hasan
  • Date collected
    1904 before
  • Measurements
    568 mm x 560 mm x 2100 mm
  • Note
    Curator's Note: The coffin is not marked with a tomb number (that I know of) and the original catalogue card from the Institute of Archaeology (Liverpool) does not record the tomb number. On p. 46 of Garstang (1904) he describes "2 fine coffins of Keka and Nekht" found in a recess in the floor of the burial chamber of 886, covered with limestone slabs. I wonder if this damaged the lid of 55.82.113 so much that Garstang chose not to keep hold of it. However, it's confusing as in the appendix on p. 243 it describes 886 as "Tomb of Keka, a Steward, and Hetep-Bu" with no mention of 'Nekht'.
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