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


The wooden inner coffin of Khonsu depicts the deceased in a double wig and a short goatee. Besides magical spells, the decorations include the figures of Khonsu and his wife, kneeling in adoration before the gods Osiris, Anubis, Isis, and Nephthys. For the outer coffin of Khonsu see 86.1.1a, b. Other objects in the collection that were discovered in the same tomb are numbered 86.1.1–86.1.29