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Coffin of Irtirutja

Period:
Ptolemaic Period
Date:
332–250 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Northern Upper Egypt, Akhmim (Khemmis, Panopolis), Egyptian Antiquities Service/Maspero excavations 1885–86
Medium:
Plastered, painted, and gilded wood
Dimensions:
L. 198.8 × W. 51.5 × D. 51 cm (78 1/4 × 20 1/4 × 20 1/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Funds from various donors, 1886
Accession Number:
86.1.52a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 133
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 seven 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.
Excavated at Akhmim by the Egyptian Antiquities Service. Purchased from the Egyptian Government, 1886.

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