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Contents of the Coffin of the Servant of the Great Place, Teti

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

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 Human remains, linen, silver, soil, plants
DATES 967-837 B.C.E or 997-821 B.C.E.
DYNASTY late Dynasty 21 to early Dynasty 23
PERIOD Third Intermediate Period
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 37.14Ec = Human remains 37.14Ed = Linens 37.14Ee = Other elements - ring, soil and garland remnants
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Contents of the Coffin of the Servant of the Great Place, Teti, 967-837 B.C.E or 997-821 B.C.E. Human remains, linen, silver, soil, plants Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.14Ec-e. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CONS.37.14Ec-e_detail01.jpg)
IMAGE xray, detail, CONS.37.14Ec-e_detail01.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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