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Coffin
Date Made/Found: 664-332 BC
Collector: Collected by Reverend Greville John Chester , British, 1830 - 1892
Donor: Reverend Greville John Chester , British, 1830 - 1892
Material and Medium: wood, gesso, pigment
Dimensions: 277mm x 152mm x 21mm
Place Object Found: Egypt
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: J1.9.80.17
This is a footboard from an ancient Egyptian coffin. Ancient Egyptians started using coffins to bury people from around 3200 BC. The coffins of the wealthiest people were made of wood and were sometimes put inside a stone sarcophagus. The decoration of early coffins featured a pair of eyes painted on the outside to enable the deceased to look out into the tomb and keep a link with the living world.

Craftspeople made decorative parts of coffins separately and attached them to the main coffin. These included hands, ears, face masks and footboards.This footboard shows a mummy being carried to the afterlife by the sacred Apis bull.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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