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Burial customs: Ptolemaic Period

objects found in elite burials

UC 40094
Shabtis (attested at the beginning of the period, but not by the end of it)
UC 55210
Ptah-Sokar-Osiris figures as well as other wooden figures of deities (most popular: Isis, Nephthys)
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amulets, arranged on and inside the mummy wrappings
UC 14181 canopic boxes; canopic jars fell out of use; in the early Ptolemaic Period the organs were sometimes placed into canopic boxes
coffin or sarcophagus: often quite rough and plain, while the cartonnages and mummy masks found inside are very fine.
mummy masks became very common
mummies were often covered with decorated pieces of cartonnage
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Book of the Dead (common)

for burials of lower classes see tombs at Matmar

The Greek population followed Greek burial customs. There are many urns known from Alexandria; and there are some entirely Greek style coffins known from Egypt. Finally the custom to place objects of daily use in a burial starts again under the Ptolemies. The custom seems to be related to Greeks living in Egypt.


Greek style coffin | burial with daily life objects


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