Coffin lid of Nesptah

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

Object Place: Egypt, Thebes


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Coffins and sarcophagi

Outer coffin lid of Nes-Ptah. anthropoid, coated with gesso and painted black. Traces of cream-colored decoration, including thin vertical stripes on lappets of wig, a multi-stranded wesekh collar, and a central band of hieroglyphs with border. Fair condition; large cracks and loose pieces of wood. Face is in position, but large gap between head and coffin. Right side of nose and chin chipped, and small abrasions and chips on face. Left side of foot board is missing.


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