Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Mummy Board of the Singer of Amun, Tiye

Third Intermediate Period
Dynasty 21
ca. 1070–945 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb MMA 60, Pit, Burial 3 (Tiye), MMA excavations, 1922–24
Wood, paint, gesso
l. 173.5 (68 5/16 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 130
The burial of the Chantress of Amun Tiye, found in the pit of Tomb MMA 60, included a badly damaged outer coffin (not preserved); an inner coffin (25.3.15a, b); this mummy board; an Osiris shroud (25.3.26); a group of amulet (see 25.3.172*); an Osirid figure (now in Cairo); and two funerary papyri (25.3.33 and 25.3.34).

The excavator identified Tiye's nest of coffins as a "stock" set, with the name of the owner filled in later. This inner board, placed directly over the Osiris shroud that covered the wrapped mummy, echoes the form and decoration of the inner coffin. As there, here Tiye is shown in a long wig adorned with a floral fillet above her forehead and decorative bands holding the locks in the front. The tips of her breasts, the nipples covered by rosettes, are visible below edge of the wig. Her arms are crossed below her breasts, with her hands held flat and her palms turned inward. She wears large round earrings, a long floral collar, a scarab pectoral, bracelets, and rings. The lower part of the coffin is divided into panels filled with figures of the deceased before the gods, with four columns of inscription at the bottom.
Museum excavations 1923–24. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1925.

Jansen-Winkeln, Karl 2007. Inschriften der Spätzeit, Teil I: Die 21. Dynastie. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, p. 247, cat. 11.118.

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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