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Base of coffin and one of two mummified bodies

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from Thebes, Egypt

Base of coffin and one of two mummified bodies
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This unusual double coffin for two infants comes from Thebes. The painting inside the base shows the two boys as if they are adults. Probably half-brothers, one was around 18 months at death, the other nine months. One of the two mummies is shown.

The coffin base is made of several pieces of wood, painted with images showing the boys as adults. One of the two mummies is shown, its linen wrappings intact.

Double coffins from ancient Egypt are unusual, and it may be that the boys died together. The boys were mummified to help their souls become immortal. Mummification associated them with Osiris, King of the Dead.

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