Sunday, 18 May 2014

Gua and Seni – Chief Physicians

Wooden Coffin of Seni
(picture from BM Website)



Outer coffin of Gua

From the tomb of Gua, Deir el-Bersha, Egypt
12th Dynasty, 1985-1795 BC
(Picture from the British Museum website)

Gua and Seni were Chief Physicians from the Middle Kingdom 11th - 12th Dynasty. Both were ‘wer swnw’ which was a common special title for physicians. There are fifty two examples of wer swnw’s from all periods of ancient Egyptian history. ‘wer’ translates as ‘great one’ or ‘chief’ and swnw translates as physician.
Their beautiful wooden coffins lie beside one another in the British museum (nos 30839 and 30842)

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