Outer coffin of the priest Hornedjitef
From the burial of Hornedjitef at Thebes,
Early Ptolemaic Period, around 220 BC
A giant anthropoid (human-shaped) coffin
Hornedjitef was a priest in the Temple of
The form and decoration of Hornedjitef's coffins are in keeping with traditional Egyptian practice. The massive outer coffin stands on a plinth. The reason for its huge size may have been to indicate Hornedjitef's wealth and high status, or to protect the burial from robbery.
decoration is fairly simple, as was traditional with outer coffins.
The surface is painted black, with details, such as the eyes and
garland around the neck, picked out in yellow. Black was associated