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Тhe mummy cases and coffins from Egypt are probably the most well-known objects associated with death in the British Museum. This is the gilded outer coffin of Henutmehyt, a Theban princess and a chantress of the god Amun who died over 3000 years ago. Her richly decorated outer coffin provides a magnificent idealized image of her, adorned with her full wig. A collar is spread over the breast, and below it hangs a pectoral (chest) ornament flanked by protective wedjat eyes. This human-shaped outer coffin not only provided protection for the mummified body, but was also believed to provide the spirit of the deceased with a substitute body if the mummy perished.

The coffin is covered with religious symbols intended to insure the deceased's rebirth and well-being in the Afterlife. These include the image of the sky-goddess Nut, who spreads her winged arms protectively across the body.

Gilded outer coffin of Henutmehyt

From the tomb of Henutmehyt, Thebes, Egypt, 19th Dynasty, c. 1250
вс Ht 208 cm.

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