A sarchophagus 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 sarchophagus 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.
Late period, 4th century BC
Wood, paint, gilding
H. 68 1/2 in. (174 cm), W. 20 1/4 in. (51.43 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 61.103