The Iconography in a Clay Coffin of Ancient Egypt. A Guarantee of Resurrection.

Clay Coffin of Men. Dynasty XVIII. Tell el-Yahoudiyeh (tomb 411). Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire de Bruxelles, E.4348. Photo: MRAH

Coffins in Ancient Egypt were not made just in wood, but also in ceramic. Although these kind of coffins are much more common in the Middle East, there are some examples coming from the northeast of Egyptian Delta.

Let us pay attention to the clay coffin of Men (Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire de Bruxelles, E.04348), belonging to the Dynasty XVIII and from in Tell el-Yahoudiyeh (tomb 411), ca. thirty mile northeast of Cairo.

This clay coffin belongs to the called “group B”, that is, with cylindrical shape and the head and shoulder not defined

Exterior Decoration

Its exterior decoration and inscriptions draws the attention of this coffin. Its iconography, altough typical of Ancient Egypt, makes this artefact very special; the wig, ending suddenly over the inscription, the lack of wesekh– collar, something that essential for a corpse.

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