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Coffin of Nespahertahat

A work made of wood and pigment.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of wood and pigment.


Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21 (about 1069 –945 BCE)


Egyptian; Thebes (possibly Deir el-Bahri)

About this artwork

The lid of this anthropoid (human-shaped) coffin represents its owner, Nesi-pa-her-hat, with his arms crossed over his chest. When Nesi-pa-her-hat lived in Thebes (now Luxor) approximately 3000 years ago, elite Egyptians no longer constructed elaborately decorated tomb chapels. Instead, scenes designed to guide and sustain the deceased in the afterlife were painted on nesting sets of wooden coffins. This is the inner coffin of what was likely a set of two that would have added an extra layer of protection. Drawn from contemporary mythological papyri, the intricate painted decoration here presents Nesi-pa-her-hat in the company of the gods and goddesses who protect him in the afterlife.


On View, Gallery 50


Arts of Africa


Ancient Egyptian


Coffin of Nespahertahat


Ancient Egypt (Object made in)

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1069 BCE–945 BCE


Wood and pigment


58.4 × 182.8 × 58.4 cm (23 × 72 × 23 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry H. Getty, Charles L. Hutchinson, Robert H. Fleming, and Norman W. Harris

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