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Oriental Institute Egyptian Coffin Conservation Project

Oriental Institute Egyptian Coffin Conservation Project

Grantee: John Green: The Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago

Category: Conservation, Preservation & Presentation

Objective: This project involves the conservation and redisplay of the First Intermediate Period Coffin of the army commander Ipt-ha-Ishutef (ca. 2181-2055 B.C.). Originally from the Teti Cemetery at Saqqara, it was purchased by James Henry Breasted in 1920 and was on display in the Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago until almost two decades ago after it became clear that its decoration had become dangerously unstable. A full conditions assessment will be conducted as well as a series of scientific tests done before conservation treatment gets underway. This award will also allow for the coffin and its lid to be mounted and displayed within the museum’s gallery. Read more >>

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