The Coffins of the Priests of Amun: Egyptian coffins from the 21st Dynasty in the collection of the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden [Hardback]

Lara Weiss (Editor)

ISBN: 9789088904936 | Published by: Sidestone Press | Series: Papers on Archaeology of the Leiden Museum of Antiquities | Volume: 17 | Year of Publication: 2018 | Language: English 150p, H280 x W210 (mm) 60 fc

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The Coffins of the Priests of Amun


Ancient Egyptian coffins provided a shell to protect the deceased both magically and physically. They guaranteed an important requirement for eternal life: an intact body. Not everybody could afford richly decorated wooden coffins. As commodities, coffins also played a vital role in the daily life of the living and marked their owner’s taste and status. Coffin history is an ongoing process and does not end with the ancient burial. The coffins that were discovered and shipped to museums have become part of the National heritages. The Vatican Coffin Project is the first international research project to study the entire use-life of Egyptian coffins from an interdisciplinary perspective.

This edited volume focusses on the lavishly decorated coffins of the Priests of Amon that are currently in the collection of the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden. Six chapters, written by international specialists, present the history of the Priests of Amon, the production of their coffins and use-life of the coffins from Ancient Egypt until modern times. The book appeals to the general public interested in Egyptian culture, heritage studies, and restoration research, and will also be a stimulating read for both students and academics.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Vatican Coffin Project
Alessia Amenta, Christian Greco, Ulderico Santamaria, and Lara Weiss
Chapter 2: The 21st Dynasty: The theocracy of Amun, and the position of the Theban priestly families.
Gerard P. F. Broekman
Chapter 3: The Tomb of the Priests of Amun at Thebes: The history of the find
Rogério Sousa
Chapter 4: The coffins in Leiden
4.1. The Letters of Willem Pleyte
Liliane Mann
4.2 Lot XI in Leiden
Christian Greco and Lara Weiss
Chapter 5: Painting techniques of the Leiden coffins
Elsbeth Geldhof
Chapter 6: Coffin Reuse in Dynasty 21: A Case Study of the Coffins in the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden
Kathlyn M. Cooney
About the contributors:
Dr. Lara Weiss is curator of the Egyptian collection of the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, The Netherlands.
Dr. Christian Greco is the Director of the Museo Egizio in Turin, Italy.
Dr. Alessia Amenta is Head of the Department of Egyptian Antiquities and the Near East of the Vatican Museums.
Prof. Dr. Kathlyn Cooney is Professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture at UCLA, U.S.A.
Drs. Elsbeth Geldhof is a historic paint conservator (Leiden University and SRAL Maastricht), researching longue duree painting techniques from the ancient world and beyond. She is currently involved in the Coffin Catalogue Project at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge and the Life of the Egyptian Coffin Project at UCLA.
Dr. Gerardus Petrus Franciscus Broekman is an independent researcher and Third Intermediate Period Specialist.
Liliane Mann (MA) studied Archaeology at Leiden University and was Christian Greco’s museum intern.
Prof. Ulderico Santamaria is Head of the Laboratory of Diagnostic for the Conservation and Restoration of the Vatican Museums.
Dr. Rogério Sousa is Researcher at Center of Classical and Humanistic Studies at University of Coimbra, Portugal.

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