Coffin of the architect Impy

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6, reign of Neferkara Pepy II
2246–2152 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb of Impy G 2381 A


60 x 69.6 x 230 cm (23 5/8 x 27 3/8 x 90 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, coffins and sarcophagi

Wooden coffin of Impy; ends and sides mitred, and fastened with pegs and thongs; bad parts of wood neatly patched. Band of inscription along sides and on top.

The hieroglyphs of the upper band read:
…(smr) waty nsw … wabt? Imy-r wabt imAxw xr PtH Mry-anx-PtH-Ppy rn.f nfr PtH-Spss ImTpy

(the(sole) companion … royal … of the workshop (?), Overseerof the workshop, the revered before Ptah, Mry-ankh-ptah-pepy, His nacke name is Ptah-shepsess Imthepy)


From Giza, G 2381A (tomb of Impy). 1912: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
(Accession date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition