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Egyptian Coffin Fragment

380 - 334 BCE

Wooden coffin fragment from Gizeh, Egypt with painted Isis depicted.

Rochdale has an extensive Egyptian collection with over 2000 objects. The majority of objects were donated to the museum by local land owner and businessman Charles Heape. 

Charles Heape had a fascination with history and curiosities and collected many objects on his travels. He became inspired by the growing interest in Egyptology and became personal friends with the pioneering Egyptologist Sir William Mathew Flinders Petrie.  He supported Petrie in his excavations in Egypt together with the Egyptian Exploration Committee and the British School of Archaeology in Egypt.

Between 1903 and 1931 twenty separate donations of material from Petrie’s excavations were received by Rochdale Museum from Charles Heape.