The Times of Israel news site said on Sunday that the examination was “as part of a study of how artists made elaborate coffins for the burial of mummified bodies.”
He pointed out that “the two coffins were brought from the Israel Museum, where they are kept, and they date back more than 2,500 years. They are made of sycamore wood and decorated with hieroglyphs and images.”
He stated that “teams from the hospital and the Israel Museum spent about five months planning the delicate process of transferring the items from the museum to the hospital.”
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The Hebrew site quoted Nir Or Lev, curator of Egyptian antiquities at the Israel Museum, as saying: “In order to understand what is hidden under the artwork, there are two options. We can remove the artwork, which we do not want to do, or we can perform a CT scan, and through So we see what happens underneath.”
He pointed out that “the oldest sarcophagus that arrived at the hospital was nearly 3,000 years old and belonged to a woman named Ged Mut, who is a ceremonial singer of the ancient god Amun-Ra.”
He added, “The other piece, which dates back to between the seventh and fourth centuries BC, belongs to Petahhotep, an Egyptian nobleman.”
The site stated that “the tests allowed the researchers to peek at the layers of wood, plaster and other materials from which the coffins were made.”
“The full results will only be available in a few weeks, once the studies are completed,” he said.
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The Hebrew site did not explain how these antiquities reached the occupying country, while the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in Egypt denied the transfer of pharaonic coffin covers from an Egyptian museum to the occupying state, and confirmed in a statement that the news about the transfer of these coffins “is completely false, and it has not been published.” Any artifact from Egypt for examination or study.”
In December 2021, the occupying state handed over to Egypt about 95 artifacts, some of which were seized during an attempt to smuggle them, while others were found offered for sale in occupied Jerusalem.
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