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Carter No.: 255

Handlist description: Third (innermost) coffin of gold

Card/Transcription No.: 255-04

No 255. Third (Innermost) Coffin of Gold. 4

General Design. In general the decoration of the coffin is of "Rishi" type (i.e. feathered). Thus it is of similar fashion to the royal Theban coffins of the Intermediate and Seventeenth Dynasty Periods In addition to this Rishi decoration over the legs and the sides of the abdomen are the goddesses Isis (right side) and Nephthys (left side). Their arms and wings are crossed over the King symbolical of protective embrace. These, like the rest of the decoration of this coffin are engraved upon the surface of the gold. Down the centre of the coffins from about umbilicus reaching to the feet are two vertical hieroglyphic inscriptions which read (see note). Auxiliary to the ornamentation already described and covering the arms, forearms and upper part of the abdomen are two magnificent winged goddesses - Nekhbet (right) and Buto (left), which take vulture form and hold in their finely chased claws the "Shen signs" which are inlaid with

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