Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Inner Coffin of Iotefamun

Third Intermediate Period
Dynasty 21
ca. 1070–945 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Southern Asasif, Tomb MMA 1008 (Pit 1016), MMA excavations, 1920–21
Wood, gesso, paint
W. 54 x D. 61 x L. 186 cm (21 1/4 x 24 x 73 1/4 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
26.3.2a, b
Not on view
The coffin set of the General's Charioteer, Iotefamun (an outer coffin (26.3.1a, b), this inner coffin, and a mummy board (26.3.3)) was found in a reused tomb in a valley south of Deir el-Bahari. Iotefamun's outer coffin was not completely closed, as this coffin, made originally for a priest and copper engraver of the temple named Nesiamun, was slightly too large.

The layout and decoration of the lid is similar to that of the outer coffin, with the deceased in a tripartite wig with floral fillet, elegant features and large ears, and hands fisted over the chest. A winged figure of Nut again divides the upper and lower parts of the lid. In this case, the space above contains a djed pillar flanked by deities in human form; the lower part is divided by bands of inscription into 10 symmetrical sections containing illustrations from Egyptian mythology. Additional illustrations adorn the sides of the box. In contrast to the outer container, this coffin has been varnished.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Southern Asasif, 1921. 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. 247, cat. 11.119.

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. 232.

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