User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Coffin of Menqabu

Start collecting

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...

Show Full Description


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


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


Medium or Technique

Painted wood


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi