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Outer coffin lid of Tabes

Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 22
945–712 B.C.


Overall: 63 x 197cm (24 13/16 x 77 9/16in.)

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The Ancient World


Coffins and sarcophagi

Outer coffin lid of Ta-Bes. Anthropoid. Wood covered with gesso and painted black, with some painted decoration in cream color, including thin vertical stripes on the wig and a multi-stranded wesekh collar over the upper third of the case. Slight traces of a central band of hieroglyphs with a border down the front center of the legs. The face is missing, and there is a large crack down the center front. The central board at the foot end is missing. (Formerly 72.4820)


Probably from Thebes. By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way
(Accession Date: June 28, 1872)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way