About this object

The coffin belonging to the mummy of Nesmin, son of Ankh-hap (mummy is 56.22.79a). The coffin is mummiform with a gilded face mask. The decoration is incised and gilded. A horizontal line of inscription extends along the lower edge on each side of the lid. That on the right-hand side consists of the utterances of a number of gods: Osiris, chief of the West, Anubis, Isis, Mut, Osiris, Lord of..., Min, Imseti, Hapy, Duamutef and Kebehsenuf (latter four being the 'Four Sons of Horus'). There follows the usual offering formula. In 1968 its general condition was noted as good, with some conservation work being not yet completed. Further conservation work was done in 2008.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Akhmim
  • Date made
    332 BC (early Ptolemaic Period)
  • Materials
    Gold; Pigment; Resin; Wood
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum
  • Collector
    Andrew C P Haggard
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Akhmim
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    305 mm x 530 mm x 1730 mm
  • Note
    The mummy and coffin of Nesmin were collected by Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew Haggard at Akhmim in 1886 who believed that the mummy was female and apparently that of Potiphar’s wife from the Book of Genesis’s account of Joseph. Lieutenant-Colonel Haggard sent the mummy and coffin to his brother, Sir Rider Haggard, who kept the mummy and coffins in his west London home and then at the Pantechnicon storage warehouse on Motcomb Street, London. On 30 July 1886 he wrote to Norwich Castle Museum, Norfolk, to say he was forwarding the mummy here where it should be accepted as being presented by Lt. Col. Haggard of the Egyptian army for public display. In 1956 much of Norwich's Egyptian collection was purchased by Liverpool, including Nesmin's mummy and coffin, which were put on permanent exhibition in 2008. Bibliography: Warren Dawson, 'A Note on the Egyptian Mummies in the Castle Museum, Norwich' in the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology vol. 15 (1929), pp. 186-190. Peter Gray and Dorothy Slow, Egyptian Mummies in the City of Liverpool Museums (1968) p. 56, pls. 80-6. Roger Luckhurst, The Mummy's Curse: the true story of a dark fantasy (2012) p. 186, fig. 7.1.
  • Related people
    Andrew C P Haggard ( Collector, previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery ( Previous owner)
  • Related documents/media

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  • A Note on the Egyptian Mummies in the Castle Museum, Norwich in the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology vol. 15

    Dawson, Warren

    Author: Dawson, Warren
    Publisher: The Egypt Exploration Society
    Date: 1929
    Description: An 5 page article with 1 plate in the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, vol. 15.

  • Egyptian Mummies in the City of Liverpool Museums

    Gray, Peter; Slow, Dorothy

    Author: Gray, Peter; Slow, Dorothy
    Publisher: Liverpool Corporation
    Date: 1968
    Description: Results of 1967 X Rays of the mummies in Liverpool Museum (now World Museum).

  • Egyptian Treasures in Europe volume 4: National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside, Liverpool

    Andrea Davies; Dirk van der Plas (ed)

    Author: Andrea Davies; Dirk van der Plas (ed)
    Publisher: Utrecht University
    Date: 2001
    Description: CD ROM with 1500 objects from World Museum's Egyptian collection, including some destroyed in World War Two. This is now available online: http://www.globalegyptianmuseum.org/default.aspx

  • The Mummy's Curse: the true story of a dark fantasy

    Luckhurst, Roger

    Author: Luckhurst, Roger
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Date: 2012-10-25


  • Liverpool Show 1973

    Start date: 1973-07-19
    End date: 1973-07-19
    Description: Liverpool Show 1973 was a 3 day event at Wavertree Park organised by the Liverpool Corporation with a themed exhibition in a large tent on the development of Liverpool during the past 25 years. The Museum exhibited six items at the exhibition from the departments of archaeology, ceramics, ethnology and shipping.


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