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Biographical Information
Name(s) Thothirdes
Age Unknown
Sex Male
Status Unknown
Height 16 x 10 1/4 x 61 in
Culture Unknown
Date(s) 768-545 B.C.E, XXVI Dynasty
Site Saqqara, Egypt
Current Location
Location Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Cosmos, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, Brooklyn Museum
Catalog # Unknown

Thothirdes dates to the twenty-sixth dynasty, a middle-class or middle-ranking official, dying between 768 and 545 B.C.  Thothirdes was found in Saqquara, Egypt.

Thothirdes Coffin

Thothirdes was found in a sarcophagus that was made with many wooden dowels, which were meant to secure the lid.  Sarcophagi like this one were meant to protect the mummies and ensure they made it into the afterlife.  Thothirdes is shown as a mummy, mourned by the goddesses Isis and Nephthys just as they mourned Osiris himself. Two gods lead Thothirdes away from the test where his heart was weighed against “truth” in a balance scale. Having thus proven he lived a life of truth, Thothirdes then goes to a happy afterlife.


The condition of the sarcophagus was found to be unstable and fragile.  Various cracks were found on the exterior.  Some of the area around the feet seemed to be lifted and broken.  Some clay was found on the coffin as well, and some of it was put over cracks in the wood, which seemed to cause deeper cracks on the coffin's surface.

Medium:Wood, painted, human remains, linen. Coffin Lid (approximate): 9 7/16 x 7 7/8 x 27 9/16 in. (24 x 20 x 70 cm).Dimensions Coffin Box (approximate): 8 11/16 x 2 7/8 x 27 3/16 in. (22 x 7.3 x 69 cm). Mummy: 16 x 10 1/4 x 61 in. (40.6 x 26 x 154.9 cm)


It was suggested that during the mummification process, the brains are not thoroughly removed.

External Links

Anthropoid Coffin of Tothirdes. (n.d.).  Retrieved March 28, 2016, from /4170/Anthropoid_Coffin_of_Thothirdes