Lid of anthropoid coffin

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


height x width x depth (at foot): 33 x 33 x 145.5 cm (13 x 13 x 57 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Painted wood

On View

Egyptian Funerary Arts Gallery (Mummies) (Gallery 109)


The Ancient World


Coffins and sarcophagi

“Black-ground” coffin lid with an inscription in yellow to imitate gold. The face is yellow, eyes are painted white and black, eyebrows are black, and the wig is black and yellow. The broad collar is painted red, yellow, and blue-green, with falcon head terminals. Yellow vulture with outstretched wings below the collar. Empty space has been left for the name of the deceased, which was never filled in.


By 1988: Kathryn L. Maxson, Sherborn, Mass. (said to have been collected by her father, Richard E. S. Maxson, in Egypt many years ago); 1988: purchased by the MFA from Kathryn L. Maxson.

Credit Line

Egyptian Curator's Fund