Wooden coffin of Peftjauneith

Peftjauneith was inspector of temples estates in Lower Egypt. His coffin was made from solid hard wood which would have to be imported, making this coffing very valuable. 

The front is decorated with Osiris (recognisable by his green colour) and the sky goddess Neith is spreading her wings across his chest. A spell from the Book of the Dead has been written below the goddess, each of the hieroglyphs are an image in their own right. 

On the inside of the lid is the sku goddess again but now black and covered with stars, she is giving birth to the moon and is swollowing the sun. On the bottom of the coffin is the goddess of the west (the hieroglyph for west is on her head), the quarter of the realm where the dead were thought to be located. 

Late Period, 26th dynasty, 650 BC. 

Source: Leiden Museum of Antiquities 

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