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Anthropoid Coffin of the Servant of the Great Place, Teti

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
Among the greatest desires of New Kingdom Egyptians was a proper burial. This coffin was made for the artisan Teti, a “Servant of the Great Place” who painted tombs in the Valley of the Kings. He paid nearly a year’s salary for a coffin of this quality. Five different paint colors decorate the coffin: blue, yellow, red, black, and white. Each color added to the cost. The yellow background paint with red streaks is used to imitate the gilded coffins of the wealthy.
MEDIUM Wood, pigment
DATES ca. 1339-1307 B.C.E.
DYNASTY mid XVIII Dynasty-late XVIII Dynasty
PERIOD New Kingdom
DIMENSIONS Box with lid in place: 33 7/16 x 26 3/16 x 83 1/2 in., 248 lb. (85 x 66.5 x 212.1 cm, 112.5kg) 37.14Ea Lid: 19 7/8 x 26 3/16 x 83 1/2 in., 120 lb. (50.5 x 66.5 x 212.1 cm, 54.4kg) 37.14Eb Box: 13 9/16 x 26 3/16 x 83 1/2 in., 128 lb. (34.5 x 66.5 x 212.1 cm, 58.1kg)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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CAPTION Anthropoid Coffin of the Servant of the Great Place, Teti, ca. 1339-1307 B.C.E. Wood, pigment, Box with lid in place: 33 7/16 x 26 3/16 x 83 1/2 in., 248 lb. (85 x 66.5 x 212.1 cm, 112.5kg). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.14Ea-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.14E_front_PS1.jpg)
IMAGE front, 37.14E_front_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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