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Lid from a Coffin in the Form of a Man

Culture Egyptian
Title Lid from a Coffin in the Form of a Man
Date 400–300 BCE
Medium Wood and pigment
Dimensions Object: 11 × 21 × 69 in. (27.9 × 53.3 × 175.3 cm)
Overall: 11 × 21 × 69 in. (27.9 × 53.3 × 175.3 cm)
Credit Line Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 61.103

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A sarcophagus is a coffin and in ancient Egypt it was used to contain the embalmed body of a deceased human; moreover, it was often created in a form that echoed the human body. This sarcophagus lid is from the late period, although it follows a long-established tradition. It portrays a figure wearing a Nemes headdress, which was generally used by members of the royal court, and is covered with hieroglyphic writing. The many inscriptions include one that identifies this coffin as belonging to Quanu-Pu-Es, son of User-Sekhet and Ta-Dit User.


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"Lid from a Coffin in the Form of a Man | Collections Online." Collections Online. Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University, 2024. https://artmuseum.indiana.edu/collections-online/browse/object.php?number=61.103