Fragment of coffin decoration

Egyptian
Likely Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
760–332 B.C.


Dimensions

Width x length: 13.5 x 34.8 cm (5 5/16 x 13 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

72.4799

Medium or Technique

Wood

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coffins and sarcophagi

This fragment of a wooden coffin has well preserved painted decoration in white, red, yellow, and black. There is an overall white priming, much of which has worn or flaked off. Remaining decoration includes the upper portion of a falcon-headed sphinx with sun-disc and uraeus on its head (partially broken away). At the upper left the lower portion of a wing and uraeus cobra enter the field from the break. A black line at the lower right is the only trace of another element of the scene, of which no identification may be made from the remainder. The wood exhibits considerable insect damage.

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way