Rishi coffin of Puhorsenbu, Sycomore wood, stucco, paint

Rishi coffin of Puhorsenbu

Second Intermediate Period–Early New Kingdom
Dynasty 17–18
ca. 1580–1479 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Burial B 44, East of Pabasa, MMA excavations, 1918–19
Sycomore wood, stucco, paint
L. 195 cm (76 3/4 in.); W. 48 cm (18 7/8 in.); H. 74 cm (29 1/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1930
Accession Number:
30.3.7a, b
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
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Museum excavation, 1918-1919. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1919. Brought from Luxor to New York and accessioned, 1930.

Hayes, William C. 1959. Scepter of Egypt II: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Hyksos Period and the New Kingdom (1675-1080 B.C.). Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 29, p. 30.