Back side panel of the outer coffin of Djehutynakht

Middle Kingdom, late Dyn. 11–early Dyn. 12
2010–1961 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 10, shaft A (Djehutynakht)


Height x width x depth: 115 x 262 x 16 cm (45 1/4 x 103 1/8 x 6 5/16 in.)

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Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery (Gallery 119)


The Ancient World


Coffins and sarcophagi

Interior side panel from the outer coffin of the provincial ruler Djehutynakht (coffin 4), composed of massive cedar boards and painted with exquisitely detailed funerary images. Along the top is a frieze of objects for Djehutynakht’s use in the afterlife. Below, in vertical columns of cursive hieroglyphs, are spells from the Coffin Texts, offering protection and guidance to Djehutynakht in his transition to the afterlife.


From Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 10, pit A. May 1915: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
(Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition