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Openwork coffin fragments

A very rare form of coffin is the mummy 'cage' with the background cut away, leaving a sort of openwork effect. Fragments of one of these were found in the shafts inside the tomb; these fragments were painstakingingly put together on paper in 1998 by Alexandra Whittaker to reveal an almost complete such cage (even if it was made up for more than 300 fragments).

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  • Example 3
  • Example 4
  • Example 5
  • Example 6
  • Example 7

Fragment with the deceased and a goddess facing Atum


Fragments with the name of Nyniu


Fragments of a hawk-headed god


This fragment bears the title 'daughter of the priest of Amun of Kawa'



Fragment showing two of the sons of Horus

A ba bird openwork


Several of the fragments show the name of the owner as Nyniu, daughter of the priest of Amun of Gempaaten (Kawa in Nubia), Padiamun. This makes an interesting association with Nubia possible, since, if this person is associated in some way with Wedjahor and Horenpe of the time of Shabaka and Taharqa, then one of them at least may have married into a Nubian family, and perhaps even be associated with these kings. Another Nubia connection in the tomb is some shabtis, the only parallels to which have been found at el-Kurru, the burial place of the rulers and of the 25th dynasty and their wives.

Below is the reconstructed mummy cage.

openwork drawing

Photos © Anthony Middleton 1994, drawing © Alexandra Whittaker 1998

© Nigel Strudwick 1997-2015