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Ancient Egypt: Sarcophaguses and Coffins

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Social Studies +2 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), Primary (5 to 8 years old)
This is a collection of sarcophaguses and coffins from Ancient Egypt. The sarcophagus refers to the outer layer of protection for an important mummy, and would generally be carved or painted with images representing the deceased person. As you look through the collection, notice the difference between the sarcophaguses and coffins and pay attention to the kinds of images you see. What are common features that you might find on any sarcophagus? What kinds of things are different depending on who it is that is buried?

Outer Coffin & Lid Of Tentkhonsu

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Inner Coffin & Lid Of Tentkhonsu

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Inner Coffin & Lid Of Amen-Hotep.

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Mummy Coffin Model Of Wood

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Fragment Of Wooden Coffin Lid

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Horus falcon on shrine-shaped coffin

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery