Ramses IV - About 1153 - 1147. Found in the Valley of the Kings (Western Thebes, Egypt) - Painted and engraved wood. Height 32.5 cm; Thickness 6.1 cm; width 9.8 cm - Department of Egyptian Antiquities
A sarcophagus served to collect a body in order to secure its form troughout eternity. It is present in pretty much all civilizations. In ancient Egypt, the sarcophagus represented a boat which allowed the dead to journey to the afterlife.