Inner coffin box of Bes

Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 22–24
945–700 B.C.


Height x width x depth: 194.5 x 55.5 x 25 cm (76 9/16 x 21 7/8 x 9 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Coffins and sarcophagi

This is the inner anthropoid coffin box for an individual named Bes. Covered with gesso and painted dark brown, it is in good condition with generally minor losses. One large chip is missing from right side of head area. The sides of the coffin flare out slightly at the top, and slgiht curves of the sides indicate knees and ankles. Three narrow holes in each long side and two holes in the sides at the head end were made to receive tangs of the coffin’s lid.

This coffin is part of a set that also includes objects 72.4823a, c-e.


Probably from Thebes. 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