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


The Servitor in the Place of Truth, Khonsu, the son of Sennedjem and Iineferty, was buried in his father's tomb. His mummy, covered by a mummy mask and laid in the wooden inner coffin, which was then nested in the outer coffin, indicated that he was between fifty and sixty yeas old at his death. The outer coffin shows the deceased wearing a tripartite striated wig and holding in his right hand the djed symbol for "stability," and tit, for "protection," in his left. The wooden inner coffin of Khonsu depicts the deceased in a double wig and a short goatee. Other objects in the collection that were discovered in the same tomb are numbered 86.1.3–86.1.29.