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coffin

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    EA6657

  • Description

    Wooden coffin of Nesbanebdjed; in five pieces.

  • Culture/period

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 212 centimetres (largest piece)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        hieroglyphic
      • Inscription Translation

        Titles/epithets include : Scribe of the Temple of Amun
      • Inscription Comment

        Incised.
  • Curator's comments

    PM I Part 2: p.828

  • Bibliography

    • Taylor 2010 no. 77; no 84 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2010 4th Nov-2011 6th March, Round Reading Room BM, Book of the Dead
    2012 July -September, Tokyo, Mori museum, The Book of the Dead: Journey Through the Afterlife
    2012, October - November, Fukuoka Museum of Art, The Book of the Dead

  • Condition

    poor - fragmentary

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

    Treatment date

    19 April 2010

    Reason for treatment

    Temporary Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Clean and secure wood splinters

    (Estimated time includes treatment of the head, EA6886)

    Condition

    Unlike the head, which has been on display during the recent years, the surface of the rest of the coffin (2 sides, 2 pieces of top and 1 piece of feet) is very dusty and dirty from the accumulation of museum dirt during decades in storage.

    Numerous wood splinters need to be secured. Most are only small splinters on the surface of the wood. One corner of one of the top pieces shows a large fragment of wood partially detached, which in turn is split in many fragments.

    Note: The req is shared with the head piece of the coffin (EA 6886).

    Note 2: A number of analysis was performed (pigments, wood) and the results compiled in a scientific report (number: tbc).

    Treatment details

    The surface of all pieces was dusted using a low powered vacuum cleaner and a soft sable brush. The surface was further cleaned using Chemsponge/smoke sponge (vulcanized rubber molecular trap, containing a minuscule percentage of mild soap i.e. <30grm per 500kg).

    The splinters were secured using HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate) applied under the splinters with a hypodermic syringe. When a large void was present below the splinter and it was not possible / not advisable to close the gap, Japanese paper pulp was mixed with the adhesive to form a filler which, applied in small spots, was able to hold the splinter in place. This technique was used to secure the large splinter mentioned in the object condition above.

    About these records 

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1823

  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number

    EA6657

  • Registration number

    .6657

  • Additional IDs

    • BS.6657 (Birch Slip Number)

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