Coffin of Pepiseneb

First Intermediate Period, Dynasty 9
2130–1980 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Sheikh Farag, Tomb 5114, Shaft C


Height x width x length: 51 x 50.5 x 196.5 cm (20 1/16 x 19 7/8 x 77 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Coffins and sarcophagi

Box coffin made of strips of cedar overlying a core of acacia. Both the lid and the box are veneered on the outside and inscribed with blue hieroglyphs, which give the name of the deceased (Pepyseneb) as well as his nicknames (Ity and Khety). The inside is plastered and painted yellow. A pair of wedjat eyes are painted on the head end of the coffin’s left side.


From Sheikh Farag, tomb 5114 shaft C. December, 1923: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1925: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.
(Accession Date: December 1, 1923)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition