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Handle for rope for lowering coffin

Period:
Third Intermediate Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 21
Date:
ca. 1070–945 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb MMA 60, Pit, MMA excavations, 1923–24
Medium:
Pine wood
Dimensions:
L.18.5 cm (7 5/16 in.); Diam. 2 cm (13/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
25.3.178
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 130
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. This stick and 25.3.177 seem to have made a pair; 25.3.176 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.
Museum excavations 1923–24. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1925.

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