Middle Kingdom box coffin fragments from Assiut: the unpublished coffin boards Birmingham S1Bir and S1NY

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Abstract

Editio princeps of hitherto unknown fragments of a box coffin from the necropolis of Assiut, Middle Egypt, kept at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. While the sequence of spells CT 30-32+609 represents a standard choice for Assiut coffins, all spells are abbreviated and altered and apart from one instance, no space has been provided to accommodate a coffin owner's name. It will be argued that despite its high quality craftsmanship achieved at the height of Assiut coffin production, this coffin was never fit for purpose; together with S1NY, it served as an exhibit instead, perhaps displayed by a workshop in the Assiut region to inform future customers inclined to buy coffins. Both S1Bir and S1NY celebrate the pinnacle of Assiut coffin production during the reigns of Sesostris I and Amenemhat II.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in Ancient Egyptian funerary literature
EditorsSusanne Bickel, Lucía Díaz-Iglesias
Place of PublicationLeuven
PublisherPeeters Publishers
Pages149-180
Number of pages32
ISBN (Print)9789042934627
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameOrientalia Lovaniensia Analecta
PublisherPeeters Publishers
Volume257

Keywords

  • Egyptology
  • Assiut
  • Religious texts
  • Middle Kingdom
  • Coffin Texts

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