Coffin of Irtirutja

Ptolemaic Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 133

This elaborately decorated coffin belongs to Irtirutja, whose mummified body is also in the museum’s collection (86.1.53). Irtirutja was a priest in Akhmim and the inscription on his coffin lists seven preceding generations including his father Harresnet and his mother Taneferti, a musician for Min.

The coffin’s decoration includes a winged scarab beetle on the head, a broad collar with falcon terminals on the chest, various deities in the center, and depictions of the god Anubis on the feet.

Coffin of Irtirutja, Plastered, painted, and gilded wood

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