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Rishi coffin

Second Intermediate Period
Dynasty 17
ca. 1640–1550 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Courtyard CC 41, north side, Burial 46.1, Carnarvon/Carter excavations, 1911–12
Wood (ficus sycomorus), stucco, paint
l. 190 cm (74 13/16 in); w. 50 cm (19 11/16 in); h. 50 cm (19 11/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
12.181.301a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 114
Rishi coffins like this one are characterized by the feather pattern painted on their lids and by their wedge-shaped faces. They are unique to Thebes in Dynasty 17 and early Dynasty 18. For other examples of this type, see 12.181.299; 30.3.4a, b–30.3.7a, b.
Excavated lower Asasif by Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter, 1911-1912. Retained by the Egyptian Government in the division of finds. Purchased from the Egyptian Government by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1912.

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