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Carter No.: 255

Handlist description: Third (innermost) coffin of gold

Card/Transcription No.: 255-01

No 255. Third (Innermost) Coffin of Gold. 1

Position. Within second coffin (No 254)

Dimensions. Max. Length: 187.5 cms Max. Width: 51.3 cms. Max. Height (feet): 51 cms. Thickness of metal: from 2.5 to 3.0 mms.

Description. Both coffin and lid are of beaten massive gold, which varies from 2.5 to 3.0 mms in thickness and forms a unique example of metal-worker's art, both technically and artistically. The coffin is anthropoid in form - the lid being in the image of the King symbolising Osiris. The lid has 8 gold tongues - 4 on each side - by means of which it was fixed to the shell. These tongues were sunk into corresponding sockets in the shell and were held in place by gold pins (these pins had to be cut out in order to release the lid).

Card no. 255-01 relating to Carter no. 255
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