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Eaten by maggots
The sorry tale of Mr Fuller’s coffin
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The paper discusses the acquisition history of a 21st-Dynasty coffin in the Egypt Centre, Swansea, and its associated mummy board in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter. It is suggested that the donor, Robert Fitzherbert Fuller, is to be identified with the 'Mr Fuller' referred to in the travel account of Irby and Mangles, and memoirs of Belzoni. The provenance of the artefacts would thus be one of Belzoni's 'mummy pits' at Luxor, and the material related to that acquired by Fuller's travelling companion, Col. Straton, now in the National Museum of Scotland. Other artefacts belonging to the ensemble's original owner, a Chantress of Amun, Iusemhesumut, are listed. The history of the ensemble since its arrival in the UK reflects changing attitudes in museum practice towards ancient human remains and funerary equipment.

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