Painted fragment from coffin



Height x width: 31.6 x 9.8cm (12 7/16 x 3 7/8in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World


Coffins and sarcophagi

Part of female figure; reddish brown skin; elaborate necklace in green, red, black and white; green, white and red headdress; black outlines; good drawing. Name of the goddess Nut in upper right corner is smudged but readable. Rear of piece covered with bitumen that is flaking off. Part of a coffin. Dowel hole in one edge.


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