The Coffin of Tamin from the Collection of the Research Institute and Museum of Anthropology of the Lomonosov Moscow State University

Krol Alexey A., Tolmacheva E. G.

The authors present a new publication of Tamin’s coffin from the collection of the Research Institute and Museum of Anthropology, Lomonosov Moscow State University. The article provides a detailed discussion of the coffin’s provenance. Based on the translation and analysis of the inscriptions on Tamin’s coffin and on the comparison of these inscriptions with similar texts on other coffins, the authors suggest an origin from Akhmim for it. The distinctive stylistic and paleographic features of the inscription, the language and errors encountered in the text, the titles and epithets further allow us to date the coffin to the Ptolemaic period. Comparison of Tamin’s coffin with other similar objects, namely, with Tasheretmin’s and Hentykhetyemhotep’s coffins, as well as with a whole group of other stone sacrophagi, allows us to determine the possible date of the Moscow object more precisely: the end of the third – first half of the second centuries BC.

Keywords: Ptolemaic period, Akhmim, coffins, offering list, Tamin

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