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 specialized study of a single Egyptian artifact in its wider contexts.
T.G. Wilfong received his PhD in Egyptology from the University of Chicago. He is currently 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. He has curated several exhibitions, including the recent Karanis Revealed and the permanent installation of Graeco-Roman Egypt at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. He is currently supervising a series of contemporary art installations at the Kelsey Museum.
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
Suggested Reading 106
Photo credits 112