Model coffin

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Model coffin

This ancient Egyptian wooden model coffin was used in the New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty (around 1539 to 1295 BC).

The lid of the model coffin has been carved in the shape of a mummy with hands clenched on the chest. The face has been painted yellow and the body red.

Model coffins were sometimes included among burial goods. They generally contain shabtis, models of servants buried with an ancient Egyptian in order to perform menial tasks in the Afterlife on behalf of the deceased.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-524-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1950.152 A
Date: 18th Dynasty
New Kingdom: 18th Dynasty (around 1539 to 1295 BC)
Dimensions: 235 mm H
What: Model coffin lid
Subject: Shabtis
Where: Ancient Egypt
Description: Lid for a model coffin made of wood, with a carved representation of the deceased mummiform: Ancient Egyptian, 18th Dynasty
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