The Coffins of Masaharta

    Masaharta's mummy was discovered in his original coffins. The outer coffin is almost intact and only one of its gilded hands (the right) had been removed by thieves. The inner coffin and coffin boar, however, had sustained more serious damage. The portrait masks and both sets of hands had been stolen from them. An identical pattern of damage may be seen on the coffins of Maatkare-Mutemhet.


CESRAS close up of the gilded portrait mask on the outer
coffin of Masaharta.


Black and white photo of Masaharta's outer (left) and inner (right) coffin
lids from Georges Daressy's Cercueils des cachettes royales (Cairo, 1909.)
Click to enlarge.



The decorations on the trough of Masaharta's outer coffin. From Georges Daressy's
Cercueils des cachettes royales
(Cairo, 1909.) Click to enlarge.
 


The decorations on the trough of Masaharta's inner coffin. From Georges Daressy's
Cercueils des cachettes royales
(Cairo, 1909.) Click to enlarge.
 


Masaharta's coffin board. From Georges Daressy's
Cercueils des cachettes royales
(Cairo, 1909.) Click to enlarge.

 


CESRAS color detail showing recumbent Anubis motif on Masaharta's outer coffin.

    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. The above CESRAS color images of the coffins and coffin board of Masaharta provide a valuable photographic record of these beautiful objects, currently on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Additionally, CESRAS 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 also featured on this page.

More close up images of the decorations on these coffins may be seen by going to the CESRAS Masaharta photostream

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