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Lid of the inner coffin of Bes

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This is the lid to a wooden anthropoid inner coffin of an individual named Bes. The painted decoration is well preserved. The figure depicted by the coffin wears a black painted tripartite wig. The black application on most of the body is likely remnant resin & oils that partially covers...

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Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

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

Dimensions

Height x width: 208 x 60 cm (81 7/8 x 23 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.4823c

Medium or Technique

Wood

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi