The Coffins of Isiemkheb-D

    The outer coffin of Isiemkheb-D was discovered intact, but the inner coffin and coffin board had been damaged by thieves, who had removed the gilded face masks and hands. This pattern of damage, in which an intact outer coffin conceals evidence that the inner ones were pillaged, was repeated in the case of the double coffin set of Neskhons and has led investigators to surmise that the pilfering of both sets of funerary equipment was done by members of the burial party (MiAE, 330.) Obviously, the people who ripped the gilded portions from the inner coffins and coffin boards felt the need to hide their dirty work, indicating that they knew they would not be the last people to see the burials. Although the priests in charge of the funerary ceremonies have often been blamed for this pillaging, the most likely culprits would have been the workers who were responsible for the labor  of moving and positioning the heavy coffins into place inside the tomb and preparing things for the arrival of the priests who would conduct the funerals. These priests would be the ones from whom the damage would need to be hidden. (Source Abbreviation Key)


Lid of Isiemkheb-D's outer coffin. From the Quest for Immortality
website of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
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(Left) Lid and trough of Isiemkheb-D's outer coffin. (Right) Front and reverse of Isiemkheb-D's
coffin board. From Georges Daressy's Cercueils des cachettes royales (Cairo, 1909.)
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Isiemkheb-D's inner coffin lid and trough. From Georges Daressy's
Cercueils des cachettes royales
(Cairo, 1909.)
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    The Center for Egyptological Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (CESRAS) maintains an extensive collection of online images available for public use on Flickr and has posted large size scans of many of the photographic plates from George Daressy's historically important 1909 work, Cercueils des cachettes royales, which are featured on this page. The above images of the coffins of Isiemkheb-D provide a valuable photographic record of this beautiful object, currently on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

More close up images of this coffin's decorations and inscriptions may be seen by going to the CESRAS Isiemkheb photostream

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