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Chest-shaped coffin (larnax) with lid

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A rectangular chest with orange-brown decoration, one side with three large papyrus plants with two smaller papyrus plants between, the other side with two large papyrus plants and a column of shell motifs between, both sides bordered by vertical wavy lines, one short end with two columns each...

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Probably late 19th century, acquired by an anonymous collector (b. 1868 - d. 1931), Finland [see note 1]; by descent within the family to his granddaughter; April 25, 2001, sold by the collector's granddaughter at Christie's, 85 Old Brompton Road, London SW 7 3LD (Christie's South Kensington Sale), lot 291, to Peter and Widgie Aldrich [see note 2]; 2011, gift of Peter and Widgie Aldrich to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 22, 2011) NOTES [1] According to information provided by the family, the collector acquired the larnax in the late 19th century; he was a ship owner and captain. [2] The larnax was placed on loan to the MFA in 2001 (former loan no. L-R 90.2001).

Credit Line

Gift of Peter and Widgie Aldrich

Early Aegean, Minoan, Bronze Age, Late Minoan III A2 Period, about 1350–1300 B.C.


Overall: 86.3 x 40.6 x 122 cm (34 x 16 x 48 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Painted terracotta


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi