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 x 26 x 15 in., approximately 1200 lb. (208.3 x 66 x 38.1 cm, 544.32kg) (show scale)
Three vertical columns of inscription down the front give names and titles.
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Sarcophagus Lid for Pa-di-Inpu, ca. 305-30 B.C.E. Limestone, 82 x 26 x 15 in., approximately 1200 lb. (208.3 x 66 x 38.1 cm, 544.32kg). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 34.1222. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 34.1222_PS2.jpg)
overall, 34.1222_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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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.
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