Eye from a coffin or mummy case

Egyptian
Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12
1991–1783 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 6, Shaft B

Dimensions

Length: 4.2 cm (1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.10548

Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster); wood; rock crystal

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World

Classifications

Coffins and sarcophagi

This eye inlay once belonged to the face of a coffin. The white is of travertine (Egyptian alabaster) with red pigment at the corners. The iris is of clear crystal with brown backing. The pupil is black. The stone inlay components are set in a wooden socket.

Provenance

From Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 6, shaft B. 1915: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; 1921: received by the MFA.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition