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Fragment from the head end of a coffin

Middle Kingdom
Dynasty 12
ca. 1981–1802 B.C.
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Lisht South, MMA excavations, 1916–17
Cedar wood
l. 51 cm (20 1/16 in); w. 25 cm (9 13/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1934
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 109
Found in the surface sand around the pyramid of Senwosret I, this board from the head end of a coffin had been thrown out of its original tomb by robbers. The exterior surface is painted yellow, with inscriptions in blue. Painted on the interior, again on a yellow surface, are two registers of objects on long low tables, each labeled with cursive hierogyphs in black. On the top row are vessels for each of the seven sacred oils used in mortuary rituals; below, from right to left, are a container of incense, black and green eyepaint, two bolts of cloth, and two royal headdresses.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds.

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