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Box of an Outer Coffin of an Anonymous Female

Third Intermediate Period
Dynasty 21
ca. 1070–945 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb MMA 60, Pit; Burial 2, MMA excavations, 1920–21
Wood, gesso, paint
L. 210 cm (82 11/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 130
Burial number 2 from the Pit of Tomb MMA 60 originally consisted of a full coffin set: outer coffin, inner coffin and mummy board. Unfortunately, these were badly crushed by a fall of stones, and only this box, the lower part of the outer coffin, was brought back from the field. The set is very similar to other sets from this tomb, especially that of Nesitaset (see

The outer sides of the box are decorated with a series of vignettes, most involving offerings to various deities, with one scene in which a figure is shown running in an icon from the Sed festival of royal rejuvenation. The floor of the box is dominated by the large figure of a goddess. On each inner side are three rows of mummiform demons, with four demons in each row.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art at Deir el Bahri, 1924. Allotted to the Museum by the Egyptian Government in the division of finds.

Jansen-Winkeln, Karl 2007. Inschriften der Spätzeit, Teil I: Die 21. Dynastie. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, p. 246, cat. 11.117.

Aston, David 2009. Burial Assemblages of Dynasty 21–25: Chronology – Typology – Developments. Contributions to the chronology of the Eastern Mediterranean, vol. 21, Denkschriften der Gesamtakademie, 56. Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, p. 201.

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