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Coffin base of Nesptah

Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 22
945–712 B.C.

Object Place: Egypt, Thebes


Width (max) x length: 54 x 194 cm (21 1/4 x 76 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Coffins and sarcophagi

Outer coffin base of Nes-Ptah. Anthropoid, coated with gesso and painted black. Horizontal band encircling the body of a small man of the case which names the Barber of Amun, Nes-Ptah, son of the Barber of Ptah, Nes-[pa-en-renenwetet]. Fair condition, with numerous chips, cracks, and loose pieces of wood, especially around the bottom edge.


By 1836: Robert Hay collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-72: 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.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way