Coffin leg

New Kingdom or later, Dynasty 18–24
1550–712 B.C.


Height x width x depth: 89.2 x 8.2 x 6.3 cm (35 1/8 x 3 1/4 x 2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Coffins and sarcophagi

Square post/leg of a wooden coffin. Two sides inscribed with hieroglyphic text of offering formula for the owner. On one side the text reads: “An offering which the king gives (to) Osiris-Wennefer, Great God, Lord of Heaven, that he may give invocation offerings of cattle and geese to the Osiris, Overseer of Works, Ankhiraa(?).”


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