Face of coffin

Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21–24
1070–700 B.C.


Length x Width: 19.5 x 18 cm (7 11/16 x 7 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This is the face component of an anthropoid coffin of plastered & painted wood. The face is painted painted yellow, the eyes white, details in greenish black. An elaborate headdress is painted with yellow, white, greenish-black, and red lines.
A false beard has been carved separately and attached with a tang into the chin of the face. It is painted with a “v”-pattern in black lines to indicate plaiting.
There is significant chipping of the surface paint and plaster applications.


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