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Coffin eye

Middle Kingdom

Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 6 Pit B, Chamber Y debris


Overall: 4.2 cm (1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Alabaster, crystal and wood

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World


Tomb equipment

Eye from a mummy case consisting of the eye and wooden socket. Eye is of alabaster colored red at the corners, and iris is of clear crystal. Includes a small fragment of alabaster iris colored red at corner.


From Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 6, pit B, chamber Y debris. 1915: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition