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Sarcophagus of Kamwese Called for Short Kami

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Temples and Tombs, 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.
MEDIUM Wood, painted
DATES ca. 1539-1295 B.C.E.
PERIOD New Kingdom
DIMENSIONS 41 3/4 x 35 7/16 x 95 1/4 in. (106 x 90 x 242 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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CAPTION Sarcophagus of Kamwese Called for Short Kami, ca. 1539-1295 B.C.E. Wood, painted, 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
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