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Khonsu's anthropoid coffins

Period:
New Kingdom, Ramesside
Dynasty:
Dynasty 19
Reign:
reign of Ramesses II
Date:
ca. 1279–1213 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Medina, Tomb of Sennedjem (TT 1), Egyptian Antiquities Service/Maspero excavations, 1885–86
Medium:
Wood, gesso, paint, varnish
Dimensions:
H of taller coffin: 200 cm (78 3/4 in)
Credit Line:
Funds from various donors, 1886
Accession Number:
86.1.1–.2-related
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126
The Servitor in the Place of Truth, Khonsu, the son of Sennedjem and Iineferty, was buried in his father's tomb. His mummy, covered by a mummy mask and laid in the wooden inner coffin, which was then nested in the outer coffin, indicated that he was between fifty and sixty yeas old at his death. The outer coffin shows the deceased wearing a tripartite striated wig and holding in his right hand the djed symbol for "stability," and tit, for "protection," in his left. The wooden inner coffin of Khonsu depicts the deceased in a double wig and a short goatee. Other objects in the collection that were discovered in the same tomb are numbered 86.1.3–86.1.29.
Excavated by Gaston Maspero for the Egyptian Antiquities Service, 1885-1886. Sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art by the Egyptian government, 1886.

Gillett, Charles R. Rev. 1898. Catalogue of the Egyptian Antiquities in Halls 3 and 4, Metropolitan Museum of Art Handbook, 4. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 128-129.

Metropolitan Museum of Art 1911. A Handbook of the Egyptian Rooms. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Figure 50, Page 120.

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