No 255. Third (Innermost) Coffin of Gold. 1
Within second coffin (No 254)
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.
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).