Coffin Set of the Singer of Amun-Re, Henettawy

Period: Third Intermediate Period

Dynasty: late Dynasty 21

Date: ca. 1000–945 B.C.

Geography: From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb of Henettawy F (MMA 59), MMA excavations, 1923–24

Medium: Wood, gesso, paint, varnish

Dimensions: Outer coffin: L. 203 cm (79 15/16 in.); Inner coffin: L. 191 cm (75 3/16 in.); Mummy board: L. 171.3 cm (67 7/16 in.)

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1925

Accession Number: 25.3.182–.184-related


The Mistress of the House, Singer of Amun-Re, Henettawy died at the young age of twenty-one. She was buried in a plundered tomb, which had originally been the resting place of Minmose, an official of Hatshepsut. The burial was a modest one, including a set of coffins and personal jewelry. Henettawy's body was not embalmed but simply wrapped in layers of linen bandages.

Aside from her rather simple personal jewelry, Henettawy's main burial equipment consisted of two splendid coffins (25.3.182a, b; 25.3.183a, b) and a mummy board (25.3.184), fitting one into the other like parts of a Russian doll. Both coffins and the mummy board are shaped like wrapped mummies with elaborate masks fastened over the heads.