One of the most beautiful examples of Egyptian coffin artwork
is housed in the Egyptian Gallery of the Royal
Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. In the 'Underworld of the
tomb' exhibit there is an amazingly detailed painted coffin baseboard,
some of which is shown here.
The baseboard is of the traditional construction. It dates
to the 21st or 22nd Dynasty, approximately 900 B.C and is constructed
of wood covered in gesso and painted. It was excavated at Thebes
by the Scottish archaeologist A.H. Rind.
The central figure on the board is the god Osiris
represented as a mummified Pharaoh. He is shown being worshiped
by the deceased in the form of a human headed 'Ba' bird.
The detail image on the right shows Anubis the god
of embalming. He appears in the bottom left of the main image.