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Burial customs: coffins of the Late Period

There are two main coffin types:

1. box coffin with vaulted lids and four corner posts. They are always the outer coffin of a set of several coffins.

2. anthropoid coffins. They are often decorated all over with formulae from the "Book of the Dead'. Later examples often have a disproportionately large head.

(click on the images for larger pictures)

UC 29831, model coffin of the Late Period UC 14230, coffin Late Period UC 30691

Fragment of a sarcophagus with the name of a king; from Sais (?) (name of Psamtek I or Wahibre Haaibre)

UC 14742

Buhl 1959 (so far the only study on Late and the Ptolemaic Period sarcophagi)


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