Documentation of 21st Dynasty Coffins from the Royal Cache Project

Twenty-first Dynasty coffins are important social documents, but they are difficult to document, photograph, and analyze. This project will thoroughly photo-document coffins in the Egyptian Museum Cairo in conjuction with digital database capabilities, conservation assessments, and advanced technologies like infrared photography and XRF scanning. Project Directors: Kara Cooney & Yasmin El-Shazly

Although the coffins from the royal cache were recorded by Daressy in the Catalogue Géneral, none of these coffins have benefitted from a comprehensive photographic analysis. There are eleven 21st Dynasty coffin sets made up of 30 discrete coffin pieces from the royal cache: CG nos. 61024-61034, belonging to Nodjet, Pinnedjem I/Thutmose I, Henatawy, Masaharta, Maatkare, Pinnedjem II, Nesykhonsu, Isetemkheb, Tayuheret, Nesytanebakher, and Djedptahiuefankh. Anthropoid coffins are very complicated three-dimensional objects, and the 21st Dynasty coffins from the royal cache, in particular, include micro-scale painted decoration or purposeful destruction that demands close attention. With AEF Funding the documentation of the 21st Dynasty coffins found in the Deir el Bahari 320 royal cache on display in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo was done.

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Location: Cairo, Egypt, Northern Africa, Africa Organiser(s): University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), The Egyptian Museum Funder(s): American Research Center in Egypt - Antiquities Endowment Fund Grant Funding received: $55,100 Commencement Date: 04/2016 Project Status: Completed
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