Child's coffin

New Kingdom, Dynasty 19
1295–1186 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Amada


Height: 110 cm (43 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Coffins and sarcophagi

Pottery coffin of a boy named Paneferneb. The coffin is wheel-made of an alluvial clay, and the face and chest are part of a removable plate that allowed the introduction of the body. The head end is capped by a blue and yellow striped headdress bound by a headband of lotus petals with a pendant blue lotus flower. The face and crossed hands are painted red, and an elaborate floral collar of blue lotus petals covers the chest. Below, pairs of wadjet eyes, lotus flowers and Anubis jackals flank a figure of the goddess Nut with her wings outstretched. The lower portion of the coffin is divided into four panels, the uper two showing the god Osiris and the lower two portraying the Four Sons of Horus. The bands of hieroglyphic text separates the panels. The hieroglyphs read: Dd mdw n Wsir nb nHH HqA Dt xnty Imnty


From Amada. 1937: excavated by Dr. Eric Stahl, Sweden, during Second Aswan Dam Salvage Project; presented to Dr. Stahl by the Egyptian government; November 27, 1985: given to the MFA by Dr. Stahl through his agent, Olaf Liden.

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund