Sigla (sing. siglum) are abbreviations for the provenance and current location used to identify ancient Egyptian coffins.  The number signifies the museum sequence, the preceding letter(s) the provenance, and the trailing letter(s) the current location. In practice, the location may have changed since last publication because there is no "authority" continuously updating the sigla.  Also, some authors have introduced other systems for referring to coffins.

The major works which deal with sigla are: de Buck (1935), Lesko (1979)Willems (1988), and (for Asyut coffins) Zitman (2010).


A Aswan
G Gebelein
S Asyut (Siutian)
T Thebes
X Unknown


Letter(s)Current (or last recorded) Location
Bas Basel, Switzerland
C Egyptian Museum, Cairo
Chass unknown; instead reference publication Chassinat and Palanque (1911)
Hil Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum, Hildesheim, Germany
L British Museum, London
Mal Mallawi Antiquities Museum, Mallawi, Egypt
P Musée du Louvre, Paris
T or Tor Museo Egizio, Turin, Italy
Castle Museum Hohentübingen, Tübingen, Germany
Vien Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
X or Y Private collection and/or location unknown