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Inner Coffin of Menkheperre (C), usurped from Ahmose

Third Intermediate Period
Dynasty 21
ca. 1000–945 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb MMA 60, Chamber, burial 3, MMA excavations, 1922–24
Wood, paint, gesso
L. 186 cm (73 1/4 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
25.3.8a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126
This is the inner of the two nested coffins of the God's Father, Priest of Amun-Re, Menkheperre, son of Fai-Mut (?), that was found in the far left corner of the chamber of Tomb MMA 60. It is similar in shape, style, and decoration to the outer coffin, with the deceased shown in a long striated wig bound by a fillet and the cycle of decoration on the lid and the box similar to that of the outer coffin. A long curled beard is still attached to Menkheperre's chin, indicating that he is divine. The name of the original owner, Ahmose, was in some places painted over and substituted with that of Menkheperre. The face on the lid of this coffin was repaired after the usurpation: the nose, the chin, and the beard were restored and never varnished.
Museum excavations 1923–24. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1925.

Winlock, Herbert E. 1924. "The Egyptian Expedition 1923–1924: The Museum's Excavations at Thebes." In The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. 19, no. 12 (December, Supplement), p. 24-28; p. 27, figs. 28 & 29; p. 29, fig. 31.

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. 200.

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