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Coffin and Corn Mummy with Osiris mask

Period:
Late Period–Ptolemaic Period
Date:
664–30 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
coffin: wood, paint mummy: linen bandages mask: wax
Dimensions:
L. 49.5 cm (19 1/2 in.); W. 18.5 cm (7 5/16 in.); H. 14.5 cm (5 11/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Funds from Various Donors, 1958
Accession Number:
58.106.1a–d
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
These falcon-headed coffins do not contain actual mummies but symbolic Osiris mummies stuffed with grain and sand. The falcon head on the coffins and the hieroglyphic text on the painted lid indicate they are associated with the funerary deity Ptah-Sokar-Osiris.
Such coffins and 'mummies' were prepared and buried in annual rites at certain centers as part of the mysteries of Osiris. Subsequent germination of the grain would symbolize the possibility of new life offered by Osiris.

Both this specimen and acc. no. 58.98a–d belong to a typological group, although this group cannot at this time be associated with any particular site.
Purchased by the museum from Leonard Epstein, New York, 1958. Previously collection of Albert Eid, Cairo.

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