Coffin Texts

The Coffin Text Photography Project was conducted by the late Harold M. Hays in the beginning of 2008. I was involved as a student assistant to scan and organize the c. 1900 photos of coffins with Coffin Texts. To access the images, go through the following steps:

Note: Pending funding for a follow-up project, the photos are unfortunately not accessible at the moment.

  • Go to https://socrates.leidenuniv.nl/
  • Log in using your ULCN account (access has been restricted to Leiden University staff and students)
  • Select the collection ‘Egyptian Mortuary Texts’
  • Search for any of the following phrases:

A1C
Akh1C
B1C – B20C
B1Bo – B7Bo
B2Be
B1L – B4L
B1Y
BH1Br
BH1C, BH4C – BH6C
D1C
G1T – G2T
Gi1Bo
Kh1Kh
L1NY
M1C – M12C, M14C – M36C (M29C – M36C are fragments), M57C
M1NY – M3NY
Me1C
MC105
PGardII
PGardIV
S1C – S18C
S1Tü
Sid2X – Sid3X
Sq1C – Sq12C
Sq1Ch
T1C, T3C, T6C – T12C
T2L – T3L
T1NY
TT240
TT319
X3C
Unident2 – Unident4
Nu
O1 – O11 (ostraca)

The first letters usually stand for the provenance, e.g. B = Barsha, S = Assyut.
The letters at the end refer to the museum in which the coffin now resides, e.g. C = Cairo, Bo = Boston.

Two images show how these coffins were documented in the Egyptian Museum:

  • Cairo, Egypt: John Hartman photographing hieroglyphic inscriptions on coffins in the Egyptian Museum, 1922-1923
  • Cairo, Egypt: Copying coffin texts in the Egyptian Museum, 1923

You can find them by searching for the above phrases.

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 Cairo, Egypt: Copying coffin texts in the Egyptian Museum, 1923