Side coffin panel of Pepi-ima

First Intermediate Period, Dynasty 9–11
2100–2061 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Naga el-Deir, Tomb 4003


Length x Height: 208 x 49.5 cm (81 7/8 x 19 1/2 in.)

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The Ancient World


Coffins and sarcophagi

This side panel to the wooden box coffin of Pepi-ima is painted and inscribed. It carries portions of both the Pyramid Texts the Coffin Texts in black-painted hieroglyphic text along with scenes of offerings piled at one end and sacred oils at the other. The middle portion also has a list of additional offerings. Additional decoration includes an upper border of red, green, and white painted bands outlined and divided by black lines.


From Naga el-Deir, tomb N.4003. 1923: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the Egyptian government. (Accession Date: June 21, 1995)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition