Thursday, 23 October 2014

Another Egyptian coffin has turned up in a private house in Essex

Another Egyptian coffin has turned up in a private house in Essex. The news reports concentrate more on how much it is worth than any other issue, or the presence of any documentation of its previous collecting history:
An ancient Egyptian sarcophagus worth at least £6,000 has been discovered - propped up in an Essex house. The 3,000-year-old coffin was found by auctioneer Mark Stacey as he inspected the Colchester property as part of a house clearance. It is thought the 6ft wooden casket once housed the body of a noblewoman and will be auctioned on 24 November. [...] It is thought to have been in the owner's family for about 60 years and may have been acquired after a museum closed down. [... ] Last month, a 3,000-year-old sarcophagus lid found in a house in Bradwell-on-Sea sold at auction in Cambridgeshire for £12,000, significantly more than its guide price of £3,000.

Oliver Wheaton, 'Ancient Egyptian sarcophagus discovered in Essex living room', Metro Thursday 23 Oct 2014.

Claire Carter, '3,000-year-old Ancient Egyptian sarcophagus that once held a mummy discovered in living room of Essex pensioner', Mail , 22 October 2014

BBC, 'Egyptian sarcophagus found in Essex house' 2

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