|Figure 1 - Slipper Coffin of |
an 18th Dynasty woman
This particular coffin (see figure 2) shows what appears to be hair on each side of the face and very odd "crossed arms" below. It is rather hard to say what the two "lumps" above the crossed hands are supposed to represent. The coffin was found by George Steindorff during excavations at Aniba in 1930 and it probably dates to the Eighteenth Dynasty. It is currently on display in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.
|Figure 2 - close up of the slipper coffin in the |
These coffins appeared outside of Egypt first, and were later used in Egypt for non-wealthy burials. Slipper coffins are found in the levant and Mesopotamia and are still in use there during the Parthian Period.
Here are some links to other information about slipper coffins:
- The Catalog of the Cairo Museum
- A 19th Dynasty Slipper Coffin in Amsterdam
- Another one in Birmingham