Sarcophagus of Bakenkhonsu


About this object

Before May 1941 this sarcophagus was on display in the Main Hall of the museum.

During the rebuilding of Liverpool (now World) Museum in 1964, the shattered fragments of the sarcophagus were discovered in the ruined basement. The museum’s conservation specialists made the first attempts to restore the sarcophagus in 1988 with a final arrangement later on when more fragments were discovered.

The sarcophagus was pieced back together with the missing parts reconstructed with resin (except the beard). When Charles Gatty catalogued the collection in the 1870’s he noted that it was "said to weigh 4 1/2 tons", but now the sarcophagus weighs 2172 kg less than half what it once was.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes: Dra' Abu el Naga
  • Date made
    1200 BC about
  • Materials
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Henry Salt
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes: Dra' Abu el Naga
  • Date collected
    1817 about
  • Measurements
    1145 mm x 800 mm x 2240 mm x 2172 kg
  • Note
    Presented to the museum by Joseph Mayer in 1867; purchased from 9th Viscount Valentia's collection, no. 427 in the Sotheby's 1852 sale catalogue. Mayer gave £30 for it according to a priced catalogue
  • Related people
    Annesley, George Arthur, 9th Viscount Valentia ( Previous owner); Joseph Mayer ( Collector, previous owner); Henry Salt ( Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

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