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Innermost Coffin of Kharushere

Third Intermediate Period
Dynasty 22
ca. 825–712 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Egyptian Antiquities Service/Maspero excavations, February 1885
Wood, gesso, paint
L. 187 cm (73 5/8 in)
Credit Line:
Funds from various donors, 1886
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126
The innermost of a next of wooden coffins (86.1.31–86.1.34), this object was beautifully carved and elegantly painted for a Doorkeeper of the Gate of Amun named Kharushere. Here he wears a tripartite wig with painted striations topped by a fillet, with a scarab beetle, representing the god Khepri, atop his head. From his narrow shoulders hangsa broad collar with bands of geometric designs and two red ribbons. Across his chest is a winged uraeus, and beneath this, the decoration of the body and legs is divided into registers: on top, the deceased is presented by Thoth to the Lord of Eternity while Anubis weighs his heart; the second shows Isis and Nephthys flanking a crowned djed-column; and the bottom section depicts the barque of the funerary god Sokar within a shrine.
Excavated at Thebes by Gaston Maspero on behalf of the Egyptian Antiquities Service, February, 1885. Purchased from the Egyptian Government, 1886.

Aston, David 2009. Burial Assemblages of Dynasty 21–25: Chronology – Typology – Developments. Contributions to the chronology of the Eastern Mediterranean, vol. 21, Denkschriften der Gesamtakademie, 56. Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, p. 233.

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