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Coffin lid


Lid of an anthropoid double coffin, plastered and painted wood, made for two children named Petamūn, son of Tarennute, and Penhōrpabik, son of Amenōpe. Decoration depicts the two owners, with faces in wooden relief: Ancient Egyptian, Thebes, Upper Egypt, late Roman Period, c.175-200 AD

Museum reference

A.1956.357 A


World Culture

Object name

Coffin lid

Production information

Egypt, Northern Africa


Roman Period, Ancient Egyptian

Style / Culture

Ancient Egyptian


Acacia wood, Sycomore-fig wood

Collection place(s)

Thebes, Upper Egypt, Egypt, Northern Africa


Previous owner: Rhind, Alexander Henry, 1833 - 1863


  • Ancient Egypt Rediscovered (08 Feb 2019)
    National Museum of Scotland

  • Heaven and Hell and other worlds of the dead (01 Jul 2000 - 01 Feb 2001)
    Royal Museum of Scotland

  • Egyptian Gallery, 2003 - 2008 (2003 - 2008)
    Royal Scottish Museum

  • Ancient Egypt (29 Jul 2011)
    National Museum of Scotland


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MURRAY, M A 1900. Catalogue of Egyptian Antiquities in the National Museum of Antiquities, Edinburgh (Edinburgh: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland) 36[546]

DAWSON, W R 1927. “On Two Egyptian Mummies Preserved in the Museums of Edinburgh”, Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 1926-1927, 290-94

GRIMM, G 1974. Die römische Mumienmasken aus Ägypten (Wiesbaden: Frank Steiner), 118, pl. 139[4]

HAMERNIK, G 2002. “Zur Fundgeschichte und Datierung eines ägyptischen Mumiensarges im Landesmuseum Kärnten”, Sonderdruck aus Rudolfinum. Jahrbuch des Landesmuseums Kärnten: pp. 185-98

RIGGS, C & M DEPAUW 2002. “«Soternalia» from Deir el-Bahri, including Two Coffin Lids with Demotic Inscriptions”, Revue d’Égyptologie 53: p. 77 (where it is erroneously identified in n. 15 as NMS 1956.137

Howell G. M. Edwards, Susana E. Jorge Villar, Katherine A. Eremin, (2004) 'Raman spectroscopic analysis of pigments from dynastic Egyptian funerary artefacts', Journal of Raman Spectroscopy 35/8‐9 (Raman spectroscopy in Art and Archaeology, August ‐ September 2004), 786-795.

Riggs, C., 2005. The Beautiful Burial in Roman Egypt: Art, Identity and Funerary Religion (Oxford: Oxford University Press) 185, 189, 191, 193, 285[89]

Dasen, V. 2005. Jumeaux, Jumelles dans l’antiquité Grecque et Romaine, p. 50−2

Manley, B and Dodson, A., (2010) Life Everlasting. National Museums Scotland Collection of Ancient Egyptian Coffins (Edinburgh: NMS Enterprises Ltd.), Cat. 61, pp.141-142

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