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Anthropoid Coffin of a Woman

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
Joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III
Date:
ca. 1479–1458 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, below the Tomb of Senenmut (TT 71), burial 2, MMA excavations, 1935–36
Medium:
Wood, gesso, paint
Dimensions:
H. 195 cm (76 3/4 in.); W. 54.5 cm (21 7/16 in.); D. 70 cm (27 9/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.3.184
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116
This coffin belonged to an anonymous elderly woman who was interred on the hillside of Sheikh Abd el Qurna in a chamber constructed of rough rock slabs. Both box and lid are crudely hollowed out of two sections of a sycomore log, and the painted decoration, consisting of a blue and yellow wig cover, a broad collar, and uninscribed body bands, is rather clumsy.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1935–1936. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1936.

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