Lid of the double shawabty coffin of Iniuya and Iuy

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Haremhab
1323–1295 B.C.


Height x width x depth: 31 x 20 x 6.5 cm (12 3/16 x 7 7/8 x 2 9/16 in.)

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Egyptian Funerary Arts Gallery (Mummies) (Gallery 109)


The Ancient World


Shawabties and shawabty boxes

Lid of a double shawabty coffin. The two vertical texts occupying the long band down the center of each of the figures identify the figure to the left as 
Wsir sS nsw imy-r pr-wr IniwyA mAa-xrw … Mn-nfr (Osiris, the royal scribe and chief steward of the great palace, Iniuya… Memphis)
The inscription on the right identifies the wife as:
Wsir nbt-pr SmAayt n Imn IwAy ( Osiris, the Lady of the house, the chanteress of Amun, Iuy.)


By 1800: acquired in Egypt by General Jean-Joseph Tarayre (1750-1855), governor of Suez and a friend of Napoleon, who stayed in Egypt from 798-1800); by descent in Tarayre family until 1970s; by 1977: with Jean-Loup Despras, Paris; October 17, 1977, purchased by the MFA from Despras. (Accession date: October 12, 1977)

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund