Monday, October 8, 2007

The Hierarchy of Salvation

Unfortunately he died a little more than a year into his reign in 1294 bc leaving his tomb only partially cut and much of his funerary equipment unfinished and unusable.

An unused wood coffin was appropriated and covered in a thick sheet of gold with facial features remodeled for it's new occupant.

Sealed in his hastily improvised sarcophagus he would remain until a graffito on the coffin informs us that by year 6 of Ramses 11(1093bc) the coffin had been stripped of its gold sheeting exposing the face carved on the lid with the high priest Herihor leaving an inscription on the coffin's bare wood .

Perhaps this date is the date in which he was moved into his sons tomb to be joined by his grandson.

The grandson was a great king and may have been buried entirely in coffins of stone and metal so he could have entered his fathers tomb in either a cheap replacement coffin or no coffin at all.

Seeing the fine coffin holding the ephemeral grandfather the priests decided the great king should have it, removing the grandfather and replacing him with his grandson and erasing the inscription.

Later inscriptions would tell of the travel the three kings would make until they were found together in 1871.

The face on the coffin remains a mystery but for in 1908 when a lid for a kings canopic jar was found in the pharaoh Horemheb's tomb which bares the same face as is on the coffin of Ramses 2.

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