Bottom of Coffin
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egyptian Cosmos, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
In the interior painting on this bottom half of a coffin, the large figure represents Osiris, king of the dead. The mummy would have originally lain on top of this figure, thereby associating the deceased with the king who was successfully reborn into the afterlife. Lesser figures here include three images, in the top and second registers, of the human-headed bird called the ba-soul, which acts on behalf of the deceased in our world; and deities such as Anubis and Horus, who here protect Osiris by supporting his legs.
ca. 1070-945 B.C.E.
Third Intermediate Period
17 1/4 x 1 1/2 x 70 3/4 in. (43.8 x 3.8 x 179.7 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Bottom of Coffin, ca. 1070-945 B.C.E. Wood, painted, 17 1/4 x 1 1/2 x 70 3/4 in. (43.8 x 3.8 x 179.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1810E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1810E_PS1.jpg)
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