Oriental Institute Egyptian Coffin Conservation Project

This project involves the conservation and redisplay of the First Intermediate coffin of the army commander Ipt-ha-Ishutef (ca. 2181-2055 BC) in the Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago. The paintings on the coffin’s surfaces are flaking and need to be consolidated to prevent further losses. Project Director: Jack Green

This project involves the conservation and redisplay of the First Intermediate coffin of the army commander Ipt-ha-Ishutef (ca. 2181-2055 BC) in the Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago. The paintings on the coffin’s surfaces are flaking and need to be consolidated to prevent further losses. This will allow for the coffin and its lid to be redisplayed for the first time in nearly two decades. The proposed project also includes the design and manufacture of a support for the lid so that the two elements can be exhibited in the Egyptian Gallery of the Oriental Institute Museum. The coffin and lid will be exhibited in an existing display case.

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Location: Chicago, United States of America Organiser(s): Oriental Institute Museum Funder(s): American Research Center in Egypt - Antiquities Endowment Fund Grant Funding received: $70,676 Commencement Date: 07/2014 Project Status: Completed
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