Middle coffin of Nesmutaatneru

Late Period, Dynasty 25
760–660 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahari, Temple of Hatshepsut, TG 875


Length: 186 cm (73 1/4 in.)

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On View

Egyptian Funerary Arts Gallery (Mummies) (Gallery 109)


The Ancient World


Coffins and sarcophagi

Large anthropoid coffin of wood, simply decorated but beautifully worked. Most of the lid is plain, but the face, wig and broad collar are plastered and brightly painted. On the chest is a winged sun disk, a vignette showing the deceased before Ra-Horakhty, and two columns of inscription.

The first column of hieroglyphs reads:
Dd mdw Wsir nb(t) pr Ns-mwt-aA-nrwt sAt mry nTr … Iwnw SmAa TA-n-WAst mAa xrw
mwt.s nb(t) pr Ns-nsw-pA-Xrd mAa xrw imAx.

Recitation, Osiris, the Lady of the house Ns-mwt-Aa-nrwt, the daughter of the beloved of god… Southern Hieliopolis, TA-n-WAst. Her mother is the Lady of the house Ns-nsw-pA-Xrd, the vendicated, the revered.

The second column reads:
Dd mdw inD-Hr.k xnty-imnty Wsir Hry-ib AbDw di.k WAD m Htp r imnt nfrt Ssp.i n nbw tA-Dsr Dd.sn n.i

Recitation, Hail to you, xnty-imnty, Osiris who is in the midst of Abydos. May you give abundance of offerings to the Beautiful West so that I might recive from the Lords of the Necropolis, who said to me …


From Thebes, Deir el-Bahari, temple of Hatshepsut. 1895: excavated by Edouard Naville for the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund by the government of Egypt; 1895: given to the MFA by the Egypt Exploration Fund.
(Accession Date: January 1, 1895)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription