Inner coffin of Khonsu

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

Dimensions: h. 188 cm (74 in)

Credit Line: Funds from various donors, 1886

Accession Number: 86.1.2a, b

Description

Khonsu's anthropoid coffins, New Kingdom, reign of Ramesses II, ca. 1279–1213 B.C.
Egyptian; From the tomb of Sennedjem, Deir el-Medina, western Thebes
Gessoed and painted wood; H. of taller coffin 78 3/4 in. (200 cm)
Funds from various donors, 1886 (86.1.1,.2)



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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