The Coffins of Djedptahiufankh

    The ornately painted coffins in which the mummy of Djedptahiufankh was found were not originally made for him and had belonged to an individual named Nesshuenopet. The coffin board which was discovered covering the mummy is also not original to Djedptahiufankh and experts (perhaps due to its stylistic differences) believe that it had originally been fashioned for another person who is unnamed. From the intact condition of Djedptahiufankh's mummy, it is safe to assume that these coffins and the coffin board found with them were not substitute coffins used by a reburial commission to replace a set that had been destroyed by thieves, and are therefore the ones in which Djedptahiufankh had originally been buried. This may indicate that he had died unexpectedly at a young age, prior to completing a coffin set for himself. The youthful appearance of his mummy tends to confirm this. (Source Bibliography: CCR, 200ff.; DRN, 201, 207, 212.) Source Abbreviation Key


Outer coffin lid and interior of outer coffin.
From Georges Daressy's Cercueils des cachettes royales (Cairo, 1909.)
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Inner coffin lid and interior of inner coffin.
From Georges Daressy's Cercueils des cachettes royales (Cairo, 1909.)
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Coffin board.
From Georges Daressy, Cercueils des cachettes royales (Cairo, 1909.)
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Gilded mask of Djedptahiufankh's inner coffin.
Photo credit: CESRAS.

 


Side panel of Djedptahiufankh's outer coffin with inner coffin visible within.
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Foot of inner coffin.
Photo credit: CESRAS.

 


Detail of painted collar on inner coffin.
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Detail of coffin decoration depicting Osiris.
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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. The above CESRAS color images of the coffins of Djedptahiufankh 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 this coffin's decorations and inscriptions may be seen by going to the CESRAS Djedptahiufankh photostream

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