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Background Image: Wall scene from the tomb of Ramesses II (KV 7.) From Karl
Richard Lepsius, Denkmäler (Berlin: 1849-1859.)
The Coffins of Nodjmet
of Nodjmet had originally been fashioned for an unidentified man and then
modified for the queen's burial. They had either been usurped from their original owner or perhaps even donated by him. Both coffins had been extensively adzed over and show a pattern of damage
that can be interpreted as the work of two different groups of people, each having a different agenda.
Virtually all of the outer coffin's surface had been removed, indicating
that it had originally been lavishly decorated and had probably been
extensively coated in thick gold foil. This outer coating had been hacked off with an adze in a very crude and hurried fashion. The inner coffin, however--although also
having been subjected to extensive stripping with an adze--seems to have been handled with greater care,
and most of the inscriptions and symbolic elements were allowed to remain
intact. This type of selectivity and careful handling is not characteristic of plundering by
disrespectful tomb robbers, such as those who most probably stripped the outer coffin, nor does it resemble petty pilfering,
which typically targeted only gilded hands, face masks, and other gilded elements that could be quickly
detached while an inner coffin remained in place within the outer coffin. In addition to its gilded face mask and hands, lower and less
easily accessible portions of Nodjmet's inner coffin lid had been stripped in a careful processing job
probably done by Royal Necropolis officials who did not want to completely violate the coffin of
one of their royal ancestors. (Source Bibliography: CCR,
40ff; CP, 175; DRN, 201, 207, 213; MiAE, 127, 230, 329,
ills. 133, 143, 429.)
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(Left) Black and white photo of Nodjmet's damaged outer coffin lid. (Right)
lid showing careful & selective removal of certain elements. From Georges Daressy's
Cercueils des cachettes royales (Cairo, 1909.) Click
photos to enlarge.
Damaged portrait mask from inner coffin. (Photo credit: CESRAS.)
Another view of damaged portrait mask from inner coffin. (Photo credit:
Close up of trough of outer coffin showing extensive adzing. (Photo credit:
Lower end of outer coffin trough showing thorough adzing. (Photo credit:
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 Nodjmet provide a valuable photographic record of these beautiful
objects, 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
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