Inner rectangular coffin of Hapiankhtifi

Middle Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 112

The smaller inner rectangular coffin of the steward Hapiankhtifi was found nested inside a larger outer coffin (12.183.11a). Inside was an anthropoid coffin (12.183.11c.1–.2) containing the mummy of a middle-aged man (now in the Peabody Museum). The decoration of this inner rectangular coffin is simpler than that of the outer coffin, with fewer bands of text. At the head end of one long side, between two vertical bands of inscription recording protective speeches by various gods, are painted wedjat eyes out of which the deceased could see and brightly-colored niches (a "palace facade" pattern) to identify the coffin as the divine home of the deceased.

Inner rectangular coffin of Hapiankhtifi, Coniferous wood (Taxus sp.), paint

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b&w photo, 3/4 left side