Painted coffin shroud

Egyptian
New Kingdom, late Dynasty 18–early Dynasty 19
1400–1279 B.C..


Dimensions

Height x width: 32.4 x 26 cm (12 3/4 x 10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1981.657

Medium or Technique

Polychromed, gessoed linen

On View

Egyptian Funerary Arts Gallery (Mummies) (Gallery 109)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Mummy trappings

Painted and gessoed linen coffin shroud depicting the deceased seated and wearing a long folded kilt and broad collar, his left hand reaching out to a table of offerings. Two columns of hieroglyphs, painted black, read: “Anubis, lord of Re-Setau, may he allow a smelling of the sweet breeze of the north.”

Provenance

By 1981: Swiss private collection; 1981: purchased by the MFA through McAlpine Ancient Art, London, at Christie's, London auction December 10, 1981 (no. 361, cat. p. 76).

Credit Line

William Stevenson Smith Fund