Inner Coffin of Kharushere

Third Intermediate Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126

The innermost of a nest of wooden coffins (86.1.31–86.1.34), this object was beautifully carved and elegantly painted for a Doorkeeper of the Gate of Amun named Kharushery. Here he wears a tripartite wig with painted striations topped by a fillet, with a scarab beetle, representing the god Khepri, atop his head. From his narrow shoulders hangs a broad collar with bands of geometric designs and two red ribbons. Across his chest is a winged uraeus, and beneath this, the decoration of the body and legs is divided into registers: on top, the deceased is presented by Thoth to the Lord of Eternity while Anubis weighs his heart; the second shows Isis and Nephthys flanking a crowned djed-column; and the bottom section depicts the barque of the funerary god Sokar within a shrine.

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