Outer Coffin of Kamwese
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Funerary Gallery 2, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
This coffin type developed from the rectangular type used for Princess Mayet, shown nearby. Kamwese’s is shaped like a shrine, but with runners along the bottom (perhaps used to transport the coffin from the embalming hall to the tomb). A human-shaped coffin was originally placed inside it. The images on each long side include a wadjet-eye, symbolizing completeness, positioned above a shrine and guardian deities and spells. The mourning goddesses Isis and Nephthys, on each short end, help associate the deceased with Osiris.
ca. 1539-1295 B.C.E.
41 3/4 x 35 7/16 x 95 1/4 in. (106 x 90 x 242 cm)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Outer Coffin of Kamwese, ca. 1539-1295 B.C.E. Wood, pigment, 41 3/4 x 35 7/16 x 95 1/4 in. (106 x 90 x 242 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.15E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.37.15E_view1_wwgA-2.jpg)
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