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Carter No.: 253

Handlist description: First (outermost) coffin

Card/Transcription No.: 253-03

253 Continued

The crook is of wood covered with gesso-gilt and is like the handle of the flail inlaid with deep blue faience.

The remainder of the body is decorated with 'rishi' (feather) pattern in low relief. On the right and left side are figures (auxiliary to the Rishi pattern) of the goddesses Isis (R) and Nephthys (L), they are modelled in fine low relief and are represented enclasping with their arms and wings the body of the King. Down the centre of the lid are two vertical lines of text - (see P.E.N. note). Around the edges of the feet is a band of lotus and papyrus pattern. On the bottom of the feet worked in low relief is a figure of Isis with open wings kneeling upon a Nub-sign and ten vertical lines of inscription: -

Card no. 253-03 relating to Carter no. 253
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