Coffin Set of the Singer of Amun-Re, Henettawy (F)
Third Intermediate Period
late Dynasty 21
ca. 1000–945 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb of Henettawy F (MMA 59), MMA excavations, 1923–24
Wood, gesso, paint, varnish
Outer coffin: L. 203 cm (79 15/16 in.); Inner coffin: L. 191 cm (75 3/16 in.); Mummy board: L. 171.3 cm (67 7/16 in.)
Rogers Fund, 1925
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126
The Mistress of the House, Singer of Amun-Re, Henettawy died at the young age of twenty-one. She was buried in a plundered tomb, which had originally been the resting place of Minmose, an official of Hatshepsut. The burial was a modest one, including a set of coffins and personal jewelry. Henettawy's body was not embalmed but simply wrapped in layers of linen bandages.
Aside from her rather simple personal jewelry, Henettawy's main burial equipment consisted of two splendid coffins (25.3.182a, b; 25.3.183a, b) and a mummy board (25.3.184), fitting one into the other like parts of a Russian doll. Both coffins and the mummy board are shaped like wrapped mummies with elaborate masks fastened over the heads.
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), pp. 22–4, figs. 22–5.
Lythgoe, Albert M. 1924. "The Egyptian Expedition 1923-1924." In The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. 19, no. 12 (December, Supplement), p. 3.
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. 198.