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In: Concepts in Middle Kingdom Funerary Culture
Author: Harco Willems

Abstract

Coffins B7C and B14C from Dayr al-Barshā display examples of type VI exterior decoration, but the false door ornamentation on them differs from the usual pattern. It reproduces the profile of the perimeter wall around Djoser’s Step Pyramid complex at Saqqara. The same motif is found on some of the walls encircling the pyramid complex of Senwosret III at Dahshūr, and on sarcophagi of this pharaoh and his female relatives. This article argues that the ornamentation on the two Dayr al-Barshā coffins was inspired by a particular fashion trend, and that the appearance of the ‘Djoser wall ornament’ on coffins at that time can be regarded as a new dating criterion. It also suggests that the owners of B7C and B14C employed (or were provided with) coffins with this decorative type because of their close ties to the royal court. Finally, it is suggested that the name of the original owner of B14C may not have been Djehutinakht, as is generally assumed, but Djehutihotep. If this is correct, then this coffin gives an insight into the appearance of major items of Djehutihotep’s tomb equipment, for the first time.

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In: Historical and Archaeological Aspects of Egyptian Funerary Culture
In: Historical and Archaeological Aspects of Egyptian Funerary Culture
In: Historical and Archaeological Aspects of Egyptian Funerary Culture
In: Historical and Archaeological Aspects of Egyptian Funerary Culture
In: Historical and Archaeological Aspects of Egyptian Funerary Culture