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View from above of the showcase to the sarcophogus of Seti I. SM M470.A. ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photo: Prof. Andrzej Piotrowski

The sarcophagus case (complete), 1866

Brass frame with glass panels and metal plates

Museum number: M470.A

Curatorial note

The Victorian case that now protects the sarcophagus was put in place in 1866. Prior to that the coffin was displayed without a case, as Soane had it, simply mounted on four fluted columns. The case, with its large wheels, comes apart in two sections. It was refurbished in 2007 and the thick Victorian glass, which had a strong greenish tint, was removed on safety grounds and replaced wtih clear safety glass. This has enhanced the viewing of the sarcophagus. The case is now a museum piece in its own right and it has protected the delicate sarcophagus - whose stone is easily scratched and which could also suffer water staining if the skylight above were to leak - very well for more than 150 years.

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk