Rishi coffin of Puhorsenbu

Second Intermediate Period–Early New Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 109

The Arabic word "rishi," meaning feathered, is used to describe a group of coffins made in the Theban area during Dynasty 17 and early Dynasty 18. This coffin is a particularly fine example of the type. Special care has been taken with the modeling of the face, which has been painted a delicate pink. The feather pattern has become an abstract design, as has the broad collar, whose strands of beads echo the contour of the vulture pendant making the bird's wings appear to extend up the mummy's shoulders.

For other examples of rishi coffins see also 12.181.299–12.181.301; 30.3.4–30.3.6.

#3365. Rishi coffin of Puhorsenbu

Rishi coffin of Puhorsenbu, Sycomore wood, stucco, paint

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