The Coffins of the Priests of Amun

Egyptian coffins from the 21st Dynasty in the collection of the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden

Edited by Lara Weiss | 2017

The Coffins of the Priests of Amun

Egyptian coffins from the 21st Dynasty in the collection of the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden

Edited by Lara Weiss | 2017

ISBN: 9789088904929

Imprint: Sidestone Press | Format: 210x280mm | 101 pp. | Papers on Archaeology of the Leiden Museum of Antiquities 17 | Series: PALMA | Language: English | 45 illus. (fc) | Category: Egyptian coffins, restoration, egyptology, Vatican Coffin Project, painting, reuse, history of the 21st dynasty, history of museum collections, museology, Egyptian archaeology | download cover

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 pl ayed 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 presents the first Leiden results of the project focusing on the lavishly decorated coffins of the Priests of Amun that are currently in the collection of the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities. Six chapters, written by international specialists, present the history of the Priests of Amun, 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.

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.

Drs. Liliane Mann (MA) studied Archaeology at Leiden University and was Christian Greco’s museum intern. She is currently involved in a research project on the lost Nubian village of Shokan for the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden.

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.

Dr. Lara Weiss

Dr. Lara Weiss is curator of the Egyptian collection of the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, The Netherlands, where she played a major role in the reorganization of the permanent display of the collection. She studied Egyptology and Theology in Berlin and Leiden and received her doctoral degree in Göttingen in 2012.

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Abstract:

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 pl ayed 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 presents the first Leiden results of the project focusing on the lavishly decorated coffins of the Priests of Amun that are currently in the collection of the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities. Six chapters, written by international specialists, present the history of the Priests of Amun, 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.

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.

Drs. Liliane Mann (MA) studied Archaeology at Leiden University and was Christian Greco’s museum intern. She is currently involved in a research project on the lost Nubian village of Shokan for the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden.

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.

Dr. Lara Weiss

Dr. Lara Weiss is curator of the Egyptian collection of the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, The Netherlands, where she played a major role in the reorganization of the permanent display of the collection. She studied Egyptology and Theology in Berlin and Leiden and received her doctoral degree in Göttingen in 2012.

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