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Rishi coffin

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In Dynasty 17 a new type of coffin appeared in Thebes: anthropoid, but no longer conceived solely as an inner coffin, and resting on its back because of a change in funerary customs whereby the deceased was no longer laid on one side. The anthropoid coffin was to become the burial container of...

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By 1987: with L'Ibis Gallery, New York (said to have been in a European private collection); 1987: purchased by the MFA from L'Ibis Gallery.

Credit Line

Morris and Louise Rosenthal Fund, Horace and Florence Mayer Fund, Marilyn M. Simpson Fund, William S. Smith Fund, Egyptian Purchase Fund, and Frank B. Bemis Fund

Egyptian, Second Intermediate Period, Dynasty 17, 1580–1550 B.C.

Object Place for Label

Theban region, Egypt


Height x width x length: 33.5 x 36 x 158 cm (13 3/16 x 14 3/16 x 62 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Painted sycamore


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi