Length: 190.500 cm
Gift of King Edward VII
Ancient Egypt and Sudan
Painted wooden coffin of Bakrenes
From Thebes, Egypt
25th Dynasty, around 680 BC
The face of this
The lid of the
coffin is divided into compartments containing scenes and
inscriptions relating to the Afterlife. One scene shows
Bakrenes' heart being weighed in the balance of judgement.
A successful balance would indicate that her life had been free
from wrongdoing, and she would be given access to the next life.
Having passed this test, the dead woman is introduced by the
Near the bottom of the coffin is a scene showing the mummy of Bakrenes lying on a bier beneath the life-giving rays of the sun. On the projecting foot is a mummified falcon representing the funerary god Ptah-Sokar. This figure is inverted, so as to make it clearly visible to the deceased as she looked out through the eyes of the face-mask.
coloured inscriptions around the case of the coffin invoke the gods
W.R. Dawson and P.H.K. Gray, Catalogue of Egyptian antiquit (London, 1968)