A PAINTED WOODEN PTOLEMAIC PERIOD COFFIN OF IR.T-WY –RW FROM SHARUNA IN THE GRAND EGYPTIAN MUSEUM (GEM NO 32598)

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Egyptology, Faculty of Archaeology, Fayoum University, Fayoum, Egypt

Abstract

This article is focused on the painted wooden anthropoid coffin excavated at Kom el-Ahmar/Sharuna in 1976 and preserved in the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo (GEM no 32598). According to its inscriptions, it contains the mummy of ir.t-wy-rw. The coffin presumably was made in the Ptolemaic period. The present study focuses on the decoration of this object (inscriptions and iconography) with a view to identifying the style of Sharuna coffins, and, the peculiarities analysis of the signs that combine hieroglyphic, cursive and hieratic writings.

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