Eye from a coffin or mummy case

Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12
1991–1783 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 6, Shaft B


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster); wood; rock crystal

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World


Coffins and sarcophagi

This eye inlay once belonged to the face of a coffin. The white is of travertine (Egyptian alabaster) with red pigment at the corners. The iris is of clear crystal with brown backing. The pupil is black. The stone inlay components are set in a wooden socket.


From Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 6, shaft B. 1915: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; 1921: received by the MFA.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition