Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Linen Chest Reused as a Child's Coffin

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
reign of Thutmose III–Amenhotep II
ca. 1479–1400 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Dra Abu el-Naga, Carnarvon/Carter, 1906–1911
Wood, whitewash
L. 50.5 cm (19 7/8 in); W. 29.8 cm (11 3/4 in); H. 20.2 cm (7 15/16 in); Lid: Th. 1.7 cm (11/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
12.181.209a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 117
Found in the debris above Hatshepsut's Valley Temple in the Lower Asasif, this whitewashed chest, once used to store linen, was repurposed as the coffin of a child. There are five lines of inscription in hieratic on the underside of the lid, providing a list of linen garments along with the names of officials.
Excavated by Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter, 1906-1911. Retained by the Egyptian Antiquities Service in the division of finds. Purchased from the Egyptian Governement by the Metropolitan Museum, 1912.

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