Multiple Coffins for ancient Egyptian Elite

Coffin set belonging to the temple singer Tamutnofret,  Credit: Reunion des Musees Nationaux, France via

"Elite individuals in ancient Egypt were often entombed in multiple coffins, with as many as eight of them nested like Russian dolls, researchers say.

Egyptologist Anders Bettum of the University of Oslo in Norway says the practice was intended to ensure the transformation of the deceased from human to deity.

"The numerous layers of coffins around the mummy functioned as repeated images of the deceased, but also as protective capsules, similar to the larva's pupa before its transformation to a butterfly.

"The Egyptian coffin sets are based on the same principle that we can observe with Chinese boxes and Russian nested matryoshka dolls, where objects are nested inside each other to constitute a complete ensemble," he said." Read for article:


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