End panel of the coffin of Pepi-ima

First Intermediate Period, Dynasty 9–11
2100–2061 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Naga el-Deir, Tomb 4003


Height x width: 52 x 48 cm (20 1/2 x 18 7/8 in.)

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Not On View


The Ancient World


Coffins and sarcophagi

This end panel to the wooden box coffin of Pepi-ima is inscribed and painted with red, white, green, yellow, and black paint. The majority of the field is occupied by the depiction of a false door, comprised of multi-colored horizontal and vertical bands with a variety of patterns. The top margin of the panel carries two lines of cursive hieroglyphic text (one red, one black) in columns oriented perpendicular to the texts and decoration on this panel. The next line is a line of red, green, and white painted bands outlined and divided by black lines. The next line is a brief horizontal offering text for Pepy-ima in large, blue painted hieroglyphs. A band of domed granary symbols follows. The upper registers of the panel are separated from the false door decoration by a wide band of blue water waves. Individual design components of the false door include checkerboard registers (black and white as well as multi-colored with red, blue, and white), rectangular fields of blue waves on white background, and white braided rope on black background. The lower portion of the panel is damaged.


From Naga el-Deir, tomb N.4003. 1923: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition and assigned to the MFA by the Egyptian government.
(Accession Date: June 21, 1995)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition