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Coffin and Mummy of Paankhenamun

The outer hard case of an Egyptian mummy is painted with a gold face, a blue geometric wig, a colorful bird across the chest, and various scenes across the lower portion featuring figures of gods and goddesses.
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  • The outer hard case of an Egyptian mummy is painted with a gold face, a blue geometric wig, a colorful bird across the chest, and various scenes across the lower portion featuring figures of gods and goddesses.

Date:

Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 22 (about 945–715 BCE)

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

Mummification is the ancient Egyptian funerary practice of drying out a corpse for preservation. Anointed with oils and spices and protected with amulets, this linen-wrapped body was placed in a series of nesting coffins; the vividly painted cartonnage was the innermost shell. Across the surface of the mummy case, inscriptions and painted scenes and symbols identify the deceased— Paankhenamun (The One Who Lives for Amun)—and proclaim his wish to live well in the afterlife. Another inscription records that he was the doorkeeper of the temple of Amun. The names and titles on the coffin suggest that he lived at Thebes. The central scene depicts the presentation of the deceased by the falcon-headed deity Horus to Osiris, the ruler of eternity (shown, as was common, as a mummy). Other divinities help the deceased in his journey to the afterlife. Despite the youthful features of the gilt face, X-rays reveal that Paankhenamun was middle-aged.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Coffin and Mummy of Paankhenamun

Origin

Thebes

Date

945 BCE–715 BCE

Medium

Cartonnage, gold leaf, pigment, and mummified human remains

Dimensions

170.2 × 43.2 × 31.7 cm (67 × 17 × 12 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

W. Moses Willner Fund

Reference Number

1910.238

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