About this object

Part of the proper right side of the wooden outer anthropoid coffin of a lady called Tanetaa. On the exterior an ornamental kheker-frieze runs along the top edge. Below this are ten columns of hieroglyphic text between coloured block-borders. On the interior there is a single right-facing vertical line of polychrome hieroglyphs between linear borders. The proper left side of the coffin is in the British Museum (EA 30360).

Acquired from the collections of the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum in 1971 and accessioned in 1978. Auction house lot number on one side (number 869) refers to the Sotheby's sale in London, 12-21 July 1911, collection of F G Hilton-Price. Object was number 11A in Hilton-Price's catalogue of his collection. Other parts of this coffin are in the British Museum 30360. The mummy case of Tanetaa's husband is also in the British Museum (1893,0514.183); her mummy, mummy case and cartonnage case are in the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago (30005).

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Third Intermediate Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date made
    747 BC - 656 BC (Dynasty 25)
  • Materials
    Paint; Wood
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Frederick George Hilton Price
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes
  • Date collected
    1911 before
  • Measurements
    395 mm x 612 mm x 80 mm
  • Note
    Acquired in 1971 (Wellcome collection) and assigned a number in 1978.
  • Related people
    Frederick George Hilton Price ( Collector, previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum ( Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome ( Previous owner)

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  • A Catalogue of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Possession of F. G. Hilton Price Dir. S.A. (1897)

    Hilton Price, F G

    Author: Hilton Price, F G
    Publisher: Quaritch, Bernard
    Date: 1897

  • Pasenhor and Tanetaa - British Museum Magazine 15 (Autumn 1993)

    Taylor, J

    Author: Taylor, J
    Date: 1993

  • The Theban Necropolis : past, present and future

    Taylor, J

    Author: Taylor, J
    Date: 2003

  • Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Statues, Reliefs and Paintings Volume II: Theban Temples. (2nd ed.)

    Porter, B; Moss, R L B; Burney, E W (assisted by); Malek, J (now edited by)

    Author: Porter, B; Moss, R L B; Burney, E W (assisted by); Malek, J (now edited by)
    Publisher: Clarendon Press
    Date: 1994
    Description: This is an unchanged reprint of the 1972 edition in hard cover and reduced format. ISBN 0900416 181. More information is available online: http://www.griffith.ox.ac.uk/topbib.html


  • Sotheby's Auction House Sale 12 - 21 July 1911

    Start date: 1911-07-12
    End date: 1911-07-12
    Description: Sale of a large collection of Egyptian antiquities sold by Frederick George Hilton Price, an English banker and antiquary who formed a large collection of Egyptian antiquities.


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