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Coffin of Penu

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This coffin is inscribed for the priest Penu (PA-ny-ny-iw), among whose titles listed on the piece are "Beloved of the god" and "Opener of the Doors of Heaven." The face of the coffin is well carved of a separate piece of dark wood that was attached to the coffin lid by pegs. Eyes were inlaid...

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Likely from Thebes. By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession date: June 28, 1872) (Numbers reassigned and corrected: September 20, 1995)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period, Dyn. 22, Sheshonq III, 825–712 B.C.


Length: 197 cm (77 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood, gesso, pigment


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi