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Coffin of Irtirutja

Period:
Macedonian-Ptolemaic Period
Date:
332–30 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Northern Upper Egypt, Akhmim (Khemmis, Panopolis), Maspero 1885–1886
Medium:
Wood, paint, gesso, gold
Dimensions:
h. 198.8 cm (78 1/4 in)
Credit Line:
Funds from various donors, 1886
Accession Number:
86.1.52a, b
  • Description

    This elaborately decorated coffin belongs to Irtirutja, whose mummy is also in the museum’s collection (86.1.53). Irtirutja was a priest in Akhmim and the inscription on his coffin lists six preceding generations including his father Harresnet and his mother Taneferti, a musician for Min.
    The coffin’s decoration includes a winged scarab beetle on the head, a broad collar with falcon terminals on the chest, various deities in the center, and depictions of the god Anubis on the feet.

  • Provenance

    Excavated at Akhmim by the Egyptian Antiquities Service. Purchased from the Egyptian Government, 1886.

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