Lid of the outer coffin of Djehutynakht

Middle Kingdom, late Dynasty 11 – early Dynasty
2010–1961 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 10, shaft A (Djehutynakht)


Width x length x depth: 115 x 262 x 20 cm (45 1/4 x 103 1/8 x 7 7/8 in.)

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Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery (Gallery 119)


The Ancient World


Coffins and sarcophagi

Lid of the outer coffin of Djehutynakht, made of massive cedar boards. Two lines of carefully detailed, painted hieroglyphs contain funerary texts inspired by various spells from the Pyramid Texts that describe goddesses welcoming Djehutynakht to the afterlife, which they promise to make eternal and perfect. These horizontal inscriptions surround vertical columns of incised, cursive heiroglyphs bearing spells from the Coffin Texts.


From Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 10, pit A. May 1915: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
(Accession Date: March 1, 1920)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition