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The yellow anthropoid coffin set of Nespawershefyt is one of the finest surviving examples of its kind from the 21st Dynasty. Comprising a mummy board, inner coffin and outer coffin, it was one of the first objects to be acquired into the fledgling Fitzwilliam Museum's ancient Egyptian collection in 1822.

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This coffin set belongs to a man named Pakepu who worked as a 'water pourer on the west of Thebes' around c.680-664 BC. The coffins were discovered during excavations in Luxor in 1869 and subsequently gifted to the Museum by Prince Edward (later Edward VII) in the same year.

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Miniature coffin
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Among the Fitzwilliam Museum's Egyptian antiquities collection is a miniature coffin that had been thought to hold mummified organs, but was in fact found to contain an embalmed human foetus.

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Beni Hasan
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Beni Hasan was one of the most important necropoleis for the high officials governing the region during the Middle Kingdom (c. 2010 - 1650 BC).

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