Coffin and Corn Mummy with Osiris mask
- Late Period–Ptolemaic Period
- 664–30 B.C.
- From Egypt
- coffin: wood, paint
mummy: linen bandages
- L. 49.5 cm (19 1/2 in.); W. 18.5 cm (7 5/16 in.); H. 14.5 cm (5 11/16 in.)
- Credit Line:
- Purchase, Funds from Various Donors, 1958
- Accession Number:
These falcon-headed coffins do not contain actual mummies but symbolic Osiris mummies stuffed with grain and sand. The falcon head on the coffins and the hieroglyphic text on the painted lid indicate they are associated with the funerary deity Ptah-Sokar-Osiris.
Such coffins and 'mummies' were prepared and buried in annual rites at certain centers as part of the mysteries of Osiris. Subsequent germination of the grain would symbolize the possibility of new life offered by Osiris.
Both this specimen and acc. no. 58.98a–d belong to a typological group, although this group cannot at this time be associated with any particular site.