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Outer Sarcophagus of the Royal Prince, Count of Thebes, Pa-seba-khai-en-ipet

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

In the Twenty-first Dynasty, the Egyptian elites stopped building elaborate tombs. Instead, they transferred the scenes normally painted on tomb walls to the coffin. Pa-seba-khai-en-ipet’s outer coffin shows multiple scenes of the gods and the deceased worshipping them. Not only does the coffin present the deceased as Osiris, but it also illustrates the many gods he will confront in the afterlife.

The damage to the painted surface on the left side of the coffin has been left unrepaired to reveal how the carpenters pinned smaller pieces of wood together with wooden pegs to make a coffin. Artists then plastered and painted the surface to make it appear smooth.
MEDIUM Wood, gesso, paint
  • Place Collected: Thebes, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1075-945 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XXI Dynasty
    PERIOD Third Intermediate Period
    DIMENSIONS 37 x 30 1/4 x 83 3/8 in., 287 lb. (94 x 76.8 x 211.8 cm, 130.2kg) Other (Lid): 117.5 lb. (53.3kg) Other (Base): 169.5 lb. (76.9kg)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 08.480.1a-b
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Outer Sarcophagus of the Royal Prince, Count of Thebes, Pa-seba-khai-en-ipet, ca. 1075-945 B.C.E. Wood, gesso, paint, 37 x 30 1/4 x 83 3/8 in., 287 lb. (94 x 76.8 x 211.8 cm, 130.2kg). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 08.480.1a-b. Creative Commons-BY
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