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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:56 am    Post subject: ahmose nefertari's coffins Reply with quote

i was wondering how the coffins would have been lain in the tomb. they are over 3 metres tall. would they have been put on the floor? on a bier? i don't think a sarcophagus would be feasible? it would weigh more tonnes than the others i've seen. would there have been shrines?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:12 am    Post subject: Re: ahmose nefertari's coffins Reply with quote

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i was wondering how the coffins would have been lain in the tomb. they are over 3 metres tall. would they have been put on the floor? on a bier? i don't think a sarcophagus would be feasible? it would weigh more tonnes than the others i've seen. would there have been shrines?


They are huge. Such a big coffin for such a small woman.

They were probably not using stone sarcophagi in her time. I believe that the earliest stone sarcophagus dated to the 18th dynasty was the one made for Hatshepsut as Queen.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes that's what i thought, hatshepsut's and her one modified for thutmose I. but they had used stone sarcophagi in the pyramids. but i think because of the poverty of the theban monarchs they wouldn't have had it.

but ahmose nefertari was believed to died in thutmose I's reign, so by then, maybe the empire had enough wealth brought in to use them?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The monumental wooden coffins of Ahotep and Ahmes-Nefertari were found in secondary burials. After all we know about burial costumes of that time they should have been situated originally in box-shaped wooden coffins.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:44 pm    Post subject: Re: ahmose nefertari's coffins Reply with quote

Naunacht wrote:
They are huge. Such a big coffin for such a small woman.

Those 2,5 up to 3m long coffins were outer coffins, holding inner coffins that were mostly only just big enough to house the mummy within.
During the Third Intermediate Period many inner and outer coffins were re-used and scattered: often only one of both is known/recovered.
The coffins of Queen (Ahmose-)Meryetamun (found at Deir el-Bahari) are one of the exceptions: both her outer as her inner coffin have been recovered,
although the inner coffin is less well known. For images of both: http://ib205.tripod.com/tt358.html

kylejustin wrote:
i was wondering how the coffins would have been lain in the tomb.
they are over 3 metres tall. would they have been put on the floor? on a bier?
i don't think a sarcophagus would be feasible? it would weigh more tonnes than the others i've seen.
would there have been shrines?

Shrines are most probable - although not the kind employed in for instance Queen Tiye's or King Tut's burial.
Those early shrines were rather like Lutz said: "box-shaped wooden coffins".
The problem with those is that they would have desintegrated rather easily.

Naunacht wrote:
They were probably not using stone sarcophagi in her time.
I believe that the earliest stone sarcophagus dated to the 18th dynasty was the one made for Hatshepsut as Queen.

The first (albeit unfinished) in the 18th Dynasty could have been one of quartzite, made for Thutmose II.
That is IF KV42 (planned to have been re-used by Queen Meryetre) was initially the tomb of Thutmose II - as Aidan Dodson believes it to be.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 4:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

that's very interesting, thank you segereh.
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