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Sarcophagus Lid for Pa-di-Inpu

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

These two large stone sarcophagus lids were made for a wealthy royal scribe and priest named Pa-di-Inpu and his son Pa-di-Djehuti. They are examples of the expensive tomb equipment we expect for all Egyptians. Yet only a limited group of people could afford burial in such elaborate stone coffins. Members of less-wealthy families made coffins from low-quality wood or even terracotta.
MEDIUM Limestone
DATES ca. 305-30 B.C.E.
PERIOD Ptolemaic Period
DIMENSIONS 82 x 26 x 15 in., approximately 1200 lb. (208.3 x 66 x 38.1 cm, 544.32kg)  (show scale)
INSCRIPTIONS Three vertical columns of inscription down the front give names and titles.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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CAPTION 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)
IMAGE overall, 34.1222_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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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