About this object

Anthropoid coffin lid of Padiamun, made from sycamore wood, covered with gesso and painted with images and texts on the outside only. The inside of the lid is plain wood.

Width at shoulder: 815 mm; depth at centre: 200 mm; depth at foot 560 mm; depth at head 330 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 Inscriptions copied and studied by Dr Colin Walters and referred to as No. 19 in his unpublished manuscript.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Third Intermediate Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date made
    747 BC - 656 BC (Dynasty 25) about
  • Materials
    Paint; Wood Sycamore; Gesso
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Gloucester City Museum
  • Collector
    James Burton
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    560 mm x 815 mm x 2200 mm
  • Related people
    Decimus Burton ( Previous owner); James Burton ( Collector, previous owner); Septimus Burton ( Previous owner); Gloucester City Museum ( Previous owner); Gloucester Literary and Scientific Society ( Previous owner); Edmund Hopkinson ( Previous owner)

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Previous owners

  • Gloucester City Museum

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: From the Gloucester Literary and Scientific Society
    Owned until: 1953
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Gloucester Literary and Scientific Society

    Owned from: 1851
    How acquired: From Edmund Hopkinson
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Transferred from Gloucester City Museum
  • Edmund Hopkinson

    Owned from: 1848-12
    How acquired: Bought in a raffle
    Owned until: 1851
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Decimus Burton

    Owned from: 1842
    How acquired: Inherited
    Owned until: 1848-12
    Disposal method: Sold in a raffle
  • Septimus Burton

    Owned from: 1840
    How acquired: Purchased from James Burton
    Owned until: 1842
    Disposal method: Bequest
  • James Burton

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1840
    Disposal method: Sold to Septimus Burton
Object view = Humanities
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