Face of a coffin

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18
1550–1295 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Abydos, Tomb D 115


Height x width: 19.5 x 12 cm (7 11/16 x 4 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Coffins and sarcophagi

This face comes from the wooden coffin of a woman. The wood is plastered thinly and painted. The face is yellow with black around the eyes and on the eyebrows. The head carries black stripes for hair. There are remnants of three pegs on the back for attachment to the main coffin. The object shows signs of insect damage.


From Abydos, tomb D 115. 1901: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt, received by the MFA through subscription to the Egypt Exploration Fund. (Accession Date: October 1, 1901)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription