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Inner coffin of Khonsu

Period:
New Kingdom, Ramesside
Dynasty:
Dynasty 19
Reign:
reign of Ramesses II
Date:
ca. 1279–1213 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Medina, Tomb of Sennedjem (TT 1), Egyptian Antiquities Service/Maspero excavations, 1885–86
Medium:
Wood, gesso, paint
Dimensions:
h. 188 cm (74 in)
Credit Line:
Funds from various donors, 1886
Accession Number:
86.1.2a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126
The wooden inner coffin of Khonsu depicts the deceased in a double wig and a short goatee. Besides magical spells, the decorations include the figures of Khonsu and his wife, kneeling in adoration before the gods Osiris, Anubis, Isis, and Nephthys. For the outer coffin of Khonsu see 86.1.1a, b. Other objects in the collection that were discovered in the same tomb are numbered 86.1.1–86.1.29
Excavated by Gaston Maspero for the Egyptian Antiquities Service, 1885-1886. Sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art by the Egyptian government, 1886.

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