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Sarcophagus of Queen Hatshepsut, recut for her father, Thutmose I (box)

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The word "sarcophagus," from the Greek sarkophagos, "flesh-eater," refers to a stone coffin that devoured its occupant. (Such a coffin was presumably made of limestone, because of the material's corrosive action on flesh.) Although the very notion of a container that would devour the body inside...

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From Thebes, Valley of the Kings, tomb KV 20. 1903-4: discovered by Howard Carter of the Egyptian Antiquities Service for Theodore M. Davis, Theodore M. Davis excavations in the Valley of the Kings. 1904: assigned to Theodore M. Davis in the division of finds by the Egyptian government; 1904: given to the MFA by Theodore M. Davis. (Accession date: June 7, 1905.)

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Gift of Theodore M. Davis

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Hatshepsut, 1473–1458 B.C.

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Overall: 82 x 87 cm, 2721.6 kg, 225 cm (32 5/16 x 34 1/4 in., 6000 lb., 88 9/16 in.) Framed (Steel lid frame secured to wall with angle plate): 225.4 x 86 x 14.6 cm (88 3/4 x 33 7/8 x 5 3/4 in.) Case (Rolling steel base with removable wooden skirts): 30.8 x 225.4 x 116.8 cm (12 1/8 x 88 3/4 x 46 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Painted quartzite


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi