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  • Museum number


  • Description

    Base and lid of the anthropoid outer coffin of Hornedjitef, son of Nekhthorheb, who held a large number of priestly offices, made of sycomore fig wood, stained black, eyes gilded, lid is inscribed with texts from the Book of the Dead with a representation, in central panel, of Isis and Nephthys shown mourning over the deceased, interior of the base is decorated with a standing figure of Nut.


  • Culture/period

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 233 centimetres
    • Width: 96 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Translation

        Titles/epithets include : Prophet of Amun in Karnak; Prophet of Min; Prophet of Khons; Overseer of the Burnt Offerings of Amun
  • Curator's comments

    In set with .6678. Mummy is 6679.
    S. Walker and M. Bierbrier, Fayum. Misteriosi volti dall'Egitto, London 1997, p. 58 [28];
    PM I Part 2: p.623;
    N. Strudwick, Masterpieces of Ancient Egypt, London 2006, pp. 294-7.Walker and Bierbrier, Ancient Faces, 29-30

  • Bibliography

    • Walker & Bierbrier 1997 1 bibliographic details
    • Strudwick 2006 pp.294-297 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G62/dc20

  • Exhibition history


    1997 22 Oct-1998 30 Apr, Italy, Rome, Fondaione Memmo, Ancient Faces

  • Condition


  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Associated titles

    • Inscription from: Book of the Dead
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Ancient Egypt & Sudan

  • BM/Big number


  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • BS.6677 (Birch Slip Number)
COMPASS Title: Outer coffin of the priest Hornedjitef


COMPASS Title: Outer coffin of the priest Hornedjitef

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