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Coffin of Menqabu

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Built to house the mummified body of an official named Menqabu, this beautifully preserved rectangular coffin features the remarkably simple but visually appealing decorative scheme that emerged during the First Intermediate Period. A single line of text around the rim of the box and another...

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Provenance

Said to be from Farshut. 1903: purchased for the MFA in Qena, Egypt from Ghirgas by Albert M. Lythgoe for £15. Acquired with funds from the Emily Esther Sears Fund. (Accession date: January 1, 1903)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund

Egyptian, First Intermediate Period, probably early Dynast, 2140–2040 B.C.

Object Place

Said to be from Farshut, Egypt

Dimensions

Length x width x height: 195 x 42 x 57 cm (76 3/4 x 16 9/16 x 22 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

03.1631a-b

Medium or Technique

Painted wood

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi