Sarcophagus Lid for Pa-di-Inpu
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
Although anthropoid, or mummiform, coffins made of stone instead of wood first appeared during the New Kingdom (circa 1539–1070 B.C.E.), they did not become common until the Late Period (circa 664–332 B.C.E.). The change from wood to stone reflects a step toward permanent protection in the afterlife.
Pa-di-Inpu, the owner of this limestone sarcophagus lid, served as a scribe attached to the cult of Inpu (Anubis to the Greeks), lord of the city of Hardai, and was named for the god. He also served as a royal scribe and as a priest in a cult of the goddess Hathor.
ca. 305-30 B.C.E.
82 × 26 × 15 in., 1500 lb. (208.3 × 66 × 38.1 cm, 680.4kg) (show scale)
Three vertical columns of inscription down the front give names and titles.
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license
. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply.
Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact email@example.com
Sarcophagus Lid for Pa-di-Inpu, ca. 305-30 B.C.E. Limestone, 82 × 26 × 15 in., 1500 lb. (208.3 × 66 × 38.1 cm, 680.4kg). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 34.1222. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 34.1222_PS9.jpg)
overall, 34.1222_PS9.jpg., 2018
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
Limestone sarcophagus lid of man with wig and beard. Three vertical registers of hieroglyphs run down the lower front. The translation is “Royal scribe, accountant of all things, priest of Hathor of Hebenis (the XVIth Nome of Upper Egypt), scribe of Anubis of Hiffonon (XVIIIth Nome of Upper Egypt), Pedi-Anubis, son of the Royal scribe, Pedi-Anubis born of a priestess of Uazit of Hiffonon Thet.” Judging by the similarity of names and titles of the owners of this lid and 34.1221 were of the same family.
Inscription: ss nsw.t hsb ht nb.t, hm-ntr n Ht-hr nb.t…., ss n Inpw nb Hr-dj; P;dj-inpw ; s; n ss nswt. P;-dj; ms n nb.t…..W;d.t, nb.t Hr-dj, Thn.t
Condition: The piece is entire and in good condition although there are numerous scratches and nicks on the surface.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.