Khonsu's anthropoid coffins

Period: New Kingdom, Ramesside

Dynasty: Dynasty 19

Reign: reign of Ramesses II

Date: ca. 1279–1213 B.C.

Geography: From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Medina, Tomb of Sennedjem (TT 1), Egyptian Antiquities Service/Maspero excavations, 1885–86

Medium: Wood, gesso, paint, varnish

Dimensions: H of taller coffin: 200 cm (78 3/4 in)

Credit Line: Funds from various donors, 1886

Accession Number: 86.1.1–.2-related

Description

Khonsu's coffins are decorated with images of various gods and goddesses as well as those of Khonsu and his wife Tameket. The outer coffin depicts Khonsu wearing the curving false beard of Osiris, god of the afterlife. The inner coffin shows him wearing the elaborate wig and short beard that were fashionable during his life.

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