The Coffins of Nespawershefyt, Egyptian Official, 990-940 BC

The coffin and mummy board of Nespawershefyt (also known as Nes-Amun) dates from the Third Intermediate Period of Egypt, between 990-940 BC. It is decorated in the ‘yellow coffin’ style, with elaborate religious scenes and bands of text.

Nespawershefyt was Chief of Scribes, a high-ranking civil servant in the Temple of Amun Re at Karnak. He rose through the ranks during his lifetime, and his coffin was updated to reflect his changing responsibilities, with his titles as Supervisor of Craftsmen’s Workshops in Karnak and the Supervisor of Temple Scribes of Amun-Re being inscribed over the top of the old ones.

It was found in Thebes and donated to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge in 1822 by Barnard Hanbury and George Waddington. It is now on display in the museum and forms the centrepiece for their Egyptian funerary displays.

Fitzwilliam Museum Object Number: E.1.1822

Treasures of Ancient Egypt from the Fitzwilliam Museum

Pictish Symbol Stones

The National Museum of Scotland has a wonderful collection of Pictish symbol stones; monumental stelae carved by the Pictish inhabitants of Scotland during the 6th-9th centuries.

Pictish symbol stone showing a goose and a fish, Pictish, from Easterton of Roseisle, Moray, Scotland, 500-800 AD
Pictish symbol stone showing a boar from Dores, Scotland, 500-800 AD
Pictish symbol stone of schist with crescent and double discs from Fiscovuig, Skye, Scotland 500-800 AD
Pictish symbol stone of rough sandstone with the incised figure of a bull, Pictish, from Burghead, Moray, Scotland, 500-800 AD
Pictish symbol stone sculptured on both sides with incised figure of a crescent, from South Ronaldsay, Scotland, 500-800 AD
Pictish symbol stone of granite, with circles and square-shaped figures, from Strome Shunnamal, Benbecula, Inverness-shire, 500-800 AD.
Pictish symbol stone from Scotland, 500-800 AD


The Ballachulish Figure, an Iron Age Sculpture

The Ballachulish Figure 

The mysterious Ballachulish figure is a roughly life-sized figure of a girl or goddess, carved from a single piece of alder, with pebbles for eyes. It was found in 1880, in Ballachulish, in Inverness-shire, Scotland and dates to the Iron Age, around 600 BC. The wooden sculpture was found in a bog overlooking the entrance to a sea loch, covered by the remains of a wickerwork structure.