Handle for rope for lowering coffin
- Third Intermediate Period
- Dynasty 21
- ca. 1070–945 B.C.
- From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb MMA 60, Pit, MMA excavations, 1923–24
- Pine wood
- L. 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.); Diam. 2 cm (13/16 in.)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1925
- Accession Number:
Discovered in the pit of MMA 60, this is one of three wooden rods with rounded ends, slightly larger at the ends than in the middle. Two of the sticks seem to have made a pair; this one is slightly shorter. These rods may have been used as handles on ropes by the ancient undertakers to lower the inner coffins into the outer coffins, or for lowering an entire set of coffins into place.