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Permanent Collection: Ancient Egyptian Art:
Coffin, Coffin Board and Mummy of Tahat

Coffin, Coffin Board and Mummy of Tahat

Egypt. Twenty-first Dynasty, ca. 1070-946 B.C. Painted wood, linen, and human remains. 1999.1.17a-d

Listen to Dr. Gay Robins, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Art History, describe several of the painted scenes on the side of Tahat's coffin from the Museum's audio guide to the permanent collection (produced by AntennaAudio):   Link to RealOne Player-format audio file Link to Windows Media-format audio file

This coffin is the most beautiful in the Niagara Collection and one of the finest to be found anywhere in the world. This exquisite coffin belonged to the Lady Tahat, a chantress in the temple of the god Amun at Karnak. Such women were usually of high rank, as this unusually fine coffin indicates. Women served in temples not as priests, but as chantresses, or singers, who presumably played instruments and recited hymns to the gods. On the coffin lid, the lady Tahat is bedecked in a full wig surrounded by protective gods and symbols and adorned with her finest jewelry. The breathtakingly lovely scenes delicately painted on the sides of the coffin depicted mythological scenes and Tahat being judged in the underworld and being reborn into eternal life. Over the mummy was placed a coffin board, that looked like and served as a secondary lid with more decorative elements to protect the mummy.

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