Priest’s coffin from 22nd Dynasty unearthed in Luxor
The coffin of a 22nd Dynasty priest and nobleman, Ankifkhonsu, was unearthed during an inspection of Luxor’s West Bank, the Antiquities Ministry announced last Thursday.
Mamdouh El Damaty, the minister of antiquities, said that the coffin was well-preserved, adding that it was carved out from the tomb’s rock.
El Damaty said that the discovery was made by a group of Spanish archaeologists working alongside a group of Egyptian archaeologists on Sunday.
Mahmoud Afifi, the head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Department, said the work done on the sarcophagus is very similar to other discoveries dating back to the 22nd dynasty. The coffin depicts the facial features of Ankifkhonsu, with a wig and crown made of flowers carved and painted. The priest’s chest is also decorated with a necklace and he appears to be holding flowers.
Other artwork on the coffin shows the deceased doing different things, perhaps religious rituals, in front of a number of deities such as Osiris, Anubis and Hathor.