Miniature coffin for funerary figurine of Queen Neferu
- Middle Kingdom
- Dynasty 11
- reign of Mentuhotep II, early
- ca. 2051–2030 B.C.
- From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb of Neferu (TT 319, MMA 31), corridor, MMA excavations, 1923–24
- Painted wood, linen
- l. 18.2 cm (7 3/16 in); w. 4.9 cm (1 15/16 in); h. 5.6 cm (2 3/16 in)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1925
- Accession Number:
- 25.3.243b, c
Several miniature coffins were found in the tomb of queen Neferu. They were inscribed with funerary formulas and the name of the deceased like actual coffins. Each of the miniature coffins contained a wax or mud figurine of a nude woman wrapped in linen and identified as Neferu herself by a short inscription. Such figures are known from other tombs of Dynasty 8 and 11. Funerary figurines of this type are probably the forerunners of the so called shabtis, which evolved in Dynasty 12 and became very popular from the New Kingdom on.
Placed inside this miniature coffin was originally the figurine 25.3.243a. For other such figurines and coffins see 25.3.240a-c, .241a-c, .244a-c.