The ancient coffin of Priest Psamtik has arrived in Dubai to be displayed for Egypt Pavilion visitors at Expo Dubai 2020.
The coffin of priest Psamtik, ‘the son of Pediosir’, is one of the coloured wooden coffins recently discovered in Saqqara by the archaeological mission of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.
The coffin is decorated with a large necklace that ends with the heads of a falcon, with the goddess of sky ‘Nut’ appears spreading her wings, carrying the two feathers of ‘Maat ‘(the goddess of truth and justice).
The coffin of priest Psamtik, ‘the son of Pediosir’ is one of the coloured wooden coffins that were recently discovered in the area of Saqqara
The centre part of the coffin is decorated with religious incantations. Around its sides are two rows of ‘Was’ deities holding a sceptre in her hands. At the lower part of the coffin, two figures of the god of the afterlife, Anubis, appear above his cortege, standing in front of the deceased.
A group of modern replicas of King Tutankhamun have also arrived to be displayed at the Egypt Pavilion.
The collection of King Tutankhamun replicas includes his golden mask, his own sarcophagus, the ‘Ka’ guardian statue of the king, the special festive chair, and the golden king’s throne.
The notion of coffins in the ancient Egyptian civilisation is of great significance from a religious and symbolic point of view, as it is the most important phase in the burial process and the place where the deceased’s body is prepared for the process of judgment in the afterlife.
The transfer of these artefacts comes to assure the keenness of all Egyptian state agencies to maximise all their capabilities to grant the success of the Egyptian participation in Expo Dubai 2020 and to ensure that Egypt’s pavilion reflects the significance of the country’s role and leadership as one of the most top tourist attractions and archaeological destinations in the world.