Coffin of Isetweret, Painted and gessoed wood

Coffin of Isetweret

Ptolemaic Period
400–250 B.C.
From Egypt, Northern Upper Egypt, Akhmim (Khemmis, Panopolis), Egyptian Antiquities Service/Maspero excavations 1885–86
Painted and gessoed wood
L. 181 × W. 48.5 × D. 38 cm (71 1/4 × 19 1/8 × 14 15/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Funds from various donors, 1886
Accession Number:
86.1.48a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 133
The coffin’s inscription tells us that its owner was the woman Isetweret and that her father, a priest, was called Wenpasherymin and her mother Iretenhapiaat. Isetweret lived in Akhmim, an important religious and cultural center in the Ptolemaic Period that was closely connected to the fertility god Min. The face of the coffin is nicely modelled and its bright color stands out against the dark hair and body.
Excavated at Akhmim by Gaston Maspero on behalf of the Egyptian Antiquities Service. Purchased from the Egyptian Government, 1886.