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File:British Museum Hornedjitef.jpg
The upper part of the inner coffin of Hornedjitef.

Hornedjitef was an Ancient Egyptian priest in the Temple of Amun at Karnak during the reign of Ptolemy III (246-222 BC). He is known from his elaborate coffins, mummy mask and mummy, dating from the Early Ptolemaic Period (around 220 BC) and excavated from Asasif, Thebes, Egypt, which are all held in the British Museum.[1][2][3] These related objects were chosen as the first of the hundred objects selected by British Museum Director Neil MacGregor in the 2010 BBC Radio 4 series A History of the World in 100 Objects.[4]

Along with his coffins, mummy-case, mummy-mask and mummy, Hornedjitef's tomb contained items such as a papyrus Book of the Dead[5] and a painted wooden figure of Ptah-Sokar-Osiris.[6]


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  1. "Outer coffin of the priest Hornedjitef". British Museum. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  2. "Mummy of Hornedjitef › The British Museum". Britishmuseum.org. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  3. "Mummy mask of Hornedjitef". British Museum. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  4. John Taylor, Curator, British Museum. "A History of the World - Object: Mummy of Hornedjitef". BBC. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  5. "Search object details". British Museum. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  6. "Painted wooden figure of Ptah-Sokar-Osiris". British Museum. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 

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This article is about an item held in the British Museum. The object reference is The burial of Hornedjitef.