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.
ca. 2008-1957 B.C.E.
16 15/16 x 15 1/2 x 71 3/4 in. (43 x 39.4 x 182.2 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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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
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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.
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