Coffins and Mummy of the Lady Nephthys

Middle Kingdom
Dynasty 12
ca. 1981–1802 B.C.
From Egypt, Middle Egypt, Meir, Khashaba excavations, 1910–11
Painted wood, cartonnage, linen, human remains, mummification material
Outer Coffin: L. 202.8 cm (20 15/16 × 79 13/16 in.); Inner Coffin: L. 179.5 cm (70 11/16 in.); Mummy: L. 162.5 cm (64 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 112
This rectangular outer coffin and inner anthropoid coffin containing the mummy were found in the intact burial chamber of a pit in the tomb of Senbi II at Meir. The texts on the outer coffin show that it was originally made for Ukkhotep, as his name and title were altered for the daughter of a "member of the elite" Nephthys. The decoration of the outer coffin is composed of a palace facade eye panel and bands of inscriptions with funerary formulae stating that the deceased was honored by various gods. The inner anthropoid coffin, still containing the wrapped mummy, has a gilded face and a faience broad collar.
Excavated by Ahmed Kamal in excavations sponsored by Sayyid Khashaba at Meir, 1910. Received by Khashaba in the division of finds. Purchased from Khashaba by the Metropolitan Museum, 1911.