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Base and lid of the anthropoid wooden coffin of Besenmut, Priest of Montu at Thebes, with polychrome painted face, wig and collar, the rest of the exterior is covered with both vertical and horizontal registers of black painted hieroglyphs on a buff ground, in imitation of a papyrus text, giving Chapter CLIV of the Book of the Dead, the solitary vignette shows the mummy of the deceased on a bier receiving life and warmth from the rays of the solar disc.
Length: 190 centimetres
Width: 55 centimetres
Depth: 45 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- PM I Part 2: p.647
Book of the Dead texts: Budge, The Chapters of Coming Forth by Day, III (London 1910), 249-277.
Taylor in Davies, Colour and Painting, London 2001, p. 175, col. pl. 56 , [interior of inner coffin].
Sheikholeslami, in Strudwick and Taylor (eds): The Theban Necropolis (2003). P.133 [pl.92].
Des Dieux, des tombeaux, un savant. En Egypte sur les pas de Mariette Pacha (Boulogne catalogue 2004), 240-1.
- On display (G62/dc21)
- Exhibition history
2004 7 May-30 Aug, Boulogne, Château-Musée, Des dieux, des tombeaux, unsavant: En Egypt sur les pas de Mariette Pacha
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
2013, May - September, Perth, Western Australian Museum, The Book of the Dead
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Associated Title: Book of the Dead
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- Egypt and Sudan
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