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Coffin of Ukhhotep, son of Hedjpu

Period:
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 12
Date:
ca. 1981–1802 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Middle Egypt, Mummy of Ukhhotep, Khashaba excavations, 1910-11; Probably from Meir, Tomb of Ukhhotep
Medium:
Wood (Abies sp. or Cedrus sp.)
Dimensions:
Box: l. 213.6 cm (84 1/8 in); w. 56 cm (22 1/6 in); h. 58 cm (22 13/16 in); Lid: l. 213.6 cm (84 1/8 in); w. 56 cm (22 1/6 in); h. 10.8 cm (4 1/4 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
12.182.132a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 112
A yellow painted eye panel and undecorated side panels punctuation by bands of boldly drawn hieroglyphic texts make up the exterior decoration of the coffin of the chief treasurer Ukhhotep, son of Hedjpu. The interior, however, is elaborately adorned with an frieze of ritual objects, piles of food offerings, a second eye panel, and numerous spells from the Coffin Texts written in cursive hieroglyphic script. Three of the coffin's four battens are restored.
Excavated at Meir by Ahmed Bey Kamal for Sayyid Pasha Khashaba. Acquired by Khashaba in the division of finds. Purchased from Khashaba by the Museum, 1912.

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part I: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 310, 316.

Lilyquist, Christine, Peter F. Dorman, and Edna R. Russmann 1983. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. 41, no. 3 (Winter), New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, pl. 22, p. 22.

Dorman, Peter F., Prudence Harper, and Holly Pittman 1987. Egypt and the Ancient Near East in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 35-37.

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