Painted coffin shroud

New Kingdom, late Dynasty 18–early Dynasty 19
1400–1279 B.C..


Height x width: 32.4 x 26 cm (12 3/4 x 10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Polychromed, gessoed linen

On View

Egyptian Funerary Arts Gallery (Mummies) (Gallery 109)


The Ancient World


Mummy trappings

Painted and gessoed linen coffin shroud depicting the deceased seated and wearing a long folded kilt and broad collar, his left hand reaching out to a table of offerings. Two columns of hieroglyphs, painted black, read: “Anubis, lord of Re-Setau, may he allow a smelling of the sweet breeze of the north.”


By 1981: Swiss private collection; 1981: purchased by the MFA through McAlpine Ancient Art, London, at Christie's, London auction December 10, 1981 (no. 361, cat. p. 76).

Credit Line

William Stevenson Smith Fund