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Inner coffin box of Bes

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This is the inner anthropoid coffin box for an individual named Bes. Covered with gesso and painted dark brown, it is in good condition with generally minor losses. One large chip is missing from right side of head area. The sides of the coffin flare out slightly at the top, and slgiht curves of...

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Probably 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)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 22–24, 945–700 B.C.


Height x width x depth: 194.5 x 55.5 x 25 cm (76 9/16 x 21 7/8 x 9 13/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi