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Coffin and Cover of Princess Mayet

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Princess Mayet, a wife of King Nebhepetre Mentuhotep, the founder of the Middle Kingdom and a great conqueror, died very young. As was typical in the Middle Kingdom, her coffin is rectangular with a flat cover. The cover has a single line of painted inscription, an offering formula, down the center. A similar formula appears on the sides of the coffin. A pair of magical eyes painted at the end on one long side allows the deceased to see when the priest makes offerings.
MEDIUM Wood, paint
DATES ca. 2008-1957 B.C.E.
DYNASTY XI Dynasty
PERIOD Middle Kingdom
DIMENSIONS 16 15/16 x 15 1/2 x 71 3/4 in. (43 x 39.4 x 182.2 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 52.127a-b
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Coffin and Cover of Princess Mayet, ca. 2008-1957 B.C.E. Wood, paint, 16 15/16 x 15 1/2 x 71 3/4 in. (43 x 39.4 x 182.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 52.127a-b. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE component, CUR.52.127a-b_view3_erg2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 5/27/2008
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Wooden coffin (A) and cover (B) of the Princess Mayet. Rectangular shape, flat cover with single line of painted inscription down center. Single line of painted (blue-green) inscription around upper sides of box. Pair of magical eyes painted at end on one long side. Four struts across base. Condition: Intact: Cover slightly warped. Box split through center along all four sides, perhaps along original joinings.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (92%)
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