Coffin of the Mistress of the House, Iineferty, Wood, gesso, paint, varnish

Coffin of the Mistress of the House, Iineferty

New Kingdom, Ramesside
Dynasty 19
reign of Ramesses II
ca. 1279–1213 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Medina, Tomb of Sennedjem (TT 1), Egyptian Antiquities Service/Maspero excavations, 1885–86
Wood, gesso, paint, varnish
a) H. 175 cm (68 7/8 in); b) H. 183 cm (72 1/16 in)
Credit Line:
Funds from various donors, 1886
Accession Number:
86.1.5a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126
The Mistress of the House Iineferty was quite elderly by ancient Egyptian standards -- seventy-five years of age or older -- at the time of her death. She was buried in an anthropoid wooden coffin that shows her as a slender mummiform figure wearing a tripartite wig with a flora fillet and a wide floral collar over a long mantle. Her arms are crossed over her chest, with her hands open and palsm flat. A figure of the sky goddess Nut, wings outstretched in a protective embrace, is depicted across her abdomen The scenes painted on the front of the lid, some of which are copies of scenes on the walls of the tomb, show her worshiping gods and being venerated by two of her sons, Khonsu and Ramose. The sides of the coffin were covered with lines of funerary text and representations of the Four Sons of Horus (the deities associated with the separately mummified viscera).
Excavated by Maspero for the Egyptian Antiquities Service in the 1885-1886 season. Sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art by the Egyptian government in 1886.

Gillett, Charles R. Rev. 1898. Catalogue of the Egyptian Antiquities in Halls 3 and 4, Metropolitan Museum of Art Handbook, 4. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Metropolitan Museum of Art 1911. A Handbook of the Egyptian Rooms. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 119.

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. 415, fig. 264.