Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Wooden Inner Coffin of the Singer of Amun, Tiye

Third Intermediate Period
Dynasty 21
ca. 1070–945 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb MMA 60, Pit, Burial 3 (Tiye), MMA excavations, 1922–24
Wood, paint, gesso
l. 191 cm (75 3/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
25.3.15a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 130
The burial of the Chantress of Amun Tiye was found in the pit of Tomb MMA 60. It included an outer coffin, which had been badly damaged by fallen stones and rotted by exposure to water, and so was not preserved by the excavators; this inner coffin; a mummy board (25.3.16); an Osiris shroud (25.3.26); a group of amulet (see 25.3.172*); an Osirid figure (now in Cairo); and two funerary papyri (25.3.33 and 25.3.34).

The excavator identified this as part of a "stock" set, of the "horror vacui" type of yellow coffin comon at Thebes in the 21st Dynasty, with the name of the owner filled in later. The lid depicts the deceased in a long wig adorned with a floral fillet above her forehead and decorative bands holding the locks in the front. The tips of her breasts, the nipples covered by rosettes, are visible below edge of the wig. Her arms are crossed below her breasts, with her hands held flat and her palms turned inward. She wears large round earrings, a long floral collar, a scarab pectoral, bracelets, and rings. The lower part of the coffin is divided into panels filled with figures of the deceased before the gods, and an inscription covers her feet. Additional scenes of Tiye with various deities decorate the sides of the box. The floor of the interior is dominated by a large figure of a goddess standing on the sign for gold.
Museum excavations 1923–24. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1925.

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. 201.

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