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Coffin of Wah

Period:
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 12
Reign:
early reign of Amenemhat I
Date:
ca. 1981–1975 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Southern Asasif, Tomb of Wah (MMA 1102), MMA excavations, 1920
Medium:
Coniferous wood (spruce or cedar), paint
Dimensions:
l. 217 cm (85 7/16 in.); w. 65 cm (25 9/16 in); h. 83.5 (32 7/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920
Accession Number:
20.3.202a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 105
Wah's coffin was made of a coniferous wood (cedar or spruce) and painted yellow. Offering texts were written on the lid and around the upper edge of the box. A pair of eyes was also painted at the head end of the coffin's proper left side, as was customary in the Middle Kingdom.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1920. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1920.

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