Box of an Anthropoid Coffin

Third Intermediate Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 130

The figures on the interior of this finely decorated wooden coffin from the Third Intermediate Period are painted in a detailed, colorful style. In the center of the box interior stands the deified King Amenhotep I in the guise of the mummiform Osiris attended by a priest in a panther skin, a human-headed ba-bird (presumably the spirit of the coffin's owner), and a crouching mourning woman. Funerary vignettes, including the deceased (shown in some instances male and in others female) before various gods and images of Hathor as a cow emerging from the mountain, decorate the exterior. There is no mention of the owner's name among the many inscriptions.

Box of an Anthropoid Coffin, Wood, paint

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