This is the coffin of an early queen of the 18th Dynasty – Ahmose Meritamun, who was the wife of Amenhotep I. She was also his full sister, and they were the third generation in a row of brother-sister marriages. It is perhaps unsurprising that they appear to’ve had no offspring!

She gets a bit overshadowed by her mother, Ahmose Nefertari, as her mother had in her turn been over shadowed by her own mother (Ahhotep). But sadly Ahmose Meritamun appears to’ve died young and didn’t live long enough to take on the role of preeminent woman in the kingdom.

I think this coffin is particularly beautiful. The face is very delicately defined and looks almost as if it was a real person (whether or not (likely not) it looks anything like the real woman). I also like the effect of the blue on gold paint of the wig.

It was found at Deir el-Bahri in tomb TT358, and is now in the Cairo Museum acc. no. JE53140.

Coffin of Ahmose Meritamun. From tomb TT358, Deir el-Bahri. New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep I, c. 1525-1504. Acc. No.: JE6250

See it on my photo site: and go 1 to the right to see a photo of the foot end.

Jigsaw puzzles:

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