Model sarcophagus of Irethoru

Late Period, Dynasty 26
664–525 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Abydos, Tomb G 57


Overall: 20.1 x 11.4 x 20.3cm (7 15/16 x 4 1/2 x 8in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Coffins and sarcophagi

Wooden model sarcophagus, covered with white priming, and painted with decoration in black, red, green and blue. The shape of the sarcophagus, rectangular with an arched lid and four corner posts, replicates full-sized sarcophagi of the period and represents the tomb of Osiris. Four wooden birds and a recumbent jackal are attached to the top. The jackal is badly damaged.


From Abydos, cemetery G tomb 57. 1902: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt, received by the MFA through subscription to the Egypt Exploration Fund on November 17, 1902. (Accession Date: January 1, 1902)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription