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Life, Death and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt
The Coffin of Djehutymose in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology

By T. G. Wilfong

Life, Death and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt
Paperback, 112 pages £16.00
Published: 2013
ISBN: 9780974187389
Format: 228mm x 228mm
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Subjects: Archaeology, Egyptology, Kelsey Museum Publications
Series: Kelsey Museum Publications

Illustrated in colour throughout.

The elaborately decorated coffin of Djehutymose, a priest of the ancient Egyptian god Horus from around 625-580 BC, is one of the central artifacts of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology's Egyptian collection. Using the images and texts from the coffin along with related artifacts in the Kelsey Museum, Egyptologist T. G. Wilfong explores what the coffin tells us about ancient Egyptian ideas of life, death, and the afterlife. We follow Djehutymose through his life as a priest, through his death, embalming, and afterlife, examining his gods and symbols as he undertakes a voyage into the afterlife. Finally we see how his coffin journeyed from ancient Egypt to modern Ann Arbor. This richly illustrated book serves as a general introduction to ancient Egyptian religion as well as a specialised study of a single Egyptian artifact in its wider contexts.

Introduction 5

The Djehutmose Coffin 6

Who was Djehutymose? 8

Djehutymose in a Family Burial 20

Djehutymose's Gods 38

Djehutymose's Symbols 54

Djehutymose's Afterlife Ambitions 60

From Edfu to Ann Arbor: A Dispersal and a Reunion 89

Djehutymose in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology 95

The Djehutymose Coffin in the 21st Century 99

Conclusion 101

Notes 102

Suggested Reading 106

Bibliography 107

Acknowledgments 110

Photo credits 112

T.G. Wilfong is Professor of Egyptology at the University of Michigan, where he is also Curator for Graeco-Roman Egypt at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. He has published and lectured extensively on topics relating to gender, sexuality and religion in Pharaonic, Graeco-Roman and Late Antique Egypt.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 112 pages
 228mm x 228mm

BIC Code:
  HIS002030, SOC003000
 Kelsey Museum Publications


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