Model coffin

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from Thebes, Egypt

Postcard of Model coffin.
© National Museums Scotland

Model coffin

This wooden model coffin with squared end pieces and a lid was found at Thebes in Egypt. It dates from the early 18th Dynasty (around 1539-1295 BC).

Model coffin made of wood in a rectangular shape: Ancient Egyptian, from Thebes, Early 18th Dynasty

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: 000-190-004-309-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1911.312
Date: 18th Dynasty
New Kingdom: early 18th Dynasty (around 1539-1295 BC)
Dimensions: 4.25" L
What: Coffin / model
Subject: Shabtis
Who: Hilton Price Collection
Where: Ancient Egypt, Thebes
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