Coffin fragment

Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21–24
1070–700 B.C.


Height x width: 23 x 14 cm (9 1/16 x 5 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Coffins and sarcophagi

This fragment of painted cartonnage is from a coffin that was likely originally of anthropoid shape. Heavy white priming is evident with painted decoration in red, yellow, black, and green. The remaining decoration preserves a portion of a scene: between an upper and lower border of blue and red lines are pictured a procession of deities. The front figure is likely Osiris, based only upon a small portion of crown showing at top. He is followed likely by two of the Four Sons of Horus (protectors of the viscera of the deceased), specifically Imsety (with human head) and Hapy (with baboon head), a portion of whose name is preserved in black painted hieroglyphs above him.


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