Ancient Egyptian coffin makes first public U.S. debut at HMNS

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coffinHOUSTON, TX – Want to learn about ancient Egypt? Look no further than Houston’s Museum of Natural Science.

The largest of hundreds of artifacts going on display is a large wooden coffin of a man who Egyptologist was believed named Gemshuankh.

The coffin has never been shown to the public in the United States.

Experts know Gemshuankh was a priest of ram-headed God Harishef between 664 B.C. and 323 B.C.

“Coffins were essentially an instrument to get you safely through death and into the afterlife, and every word and color on the coffin has a particular meaning,” said Tom Hardwick, Consulting Curator for Egyptology at the Museum of Natural Science.

The most unique thing about the coffin is its bright green face. Experts say it’s associated with fresh life at the start of year, or resurrection.

“So, dead Gemshuankh would come back to life in the afterlife,” said Hardwick.

You can see Gemshuankh’s coffin and the rest of the “Hall of Ancient Egypt” display come to life starting May 31.