Gustav-Lübke Museum Hamm

Sarcophagus transportation

In 2015, the Egyptian exhibition of the Gustav-Lübcke-Museum in Hamm was reopened.

Hasenkamp transported and installed, alongside heads and canopic jars, the 7.5-ton sarcophagus of Sekhem-ka.

Sekhem-ka was a high dignitary in the royal court, and the sarcophagus was secured from the necropolis of Giza, near Cairo. The Römer-Pelizäus Museum in Hildesheim made the large object, from the period 2445-2347 B.C., available as a long-term loan.

Removal of the sarcophagus in Hildesheim took more than seven hours, and was carried out with the utmost caution and precision. In Hamm, too, our hasenkamp specialists worked approximately seven-and-a-half hours on installing and positioning the sarcophagus. Ahead of time, static heavy-duty platforms were erected for the purpose of load distribution. Using two gantry cranes, the trough of the sarcophagus was lifted onto a foam glass pedestal with steel supports, and lastly the lid was positioned in place.


  • Packaging and transportation of the 7.5-ton object
  • Precise deconstruction and reconstruction of the sarcophagus
  • Use of two gantry cranes for lifting the load