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Fragment of a coffin

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This fragment of a wooden coffin is decorated with painted vertical bands of white, black, red, and blue-green and sections of two wider columns of black-painted hieroglyphic text. For many coffin fragments from the same tomb, see objects 21.816a-s.


From Deir el-Bersha, tomb 10, shaft A (tomb of Djehutynamht). 1915: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. 1921: received by the MFA. (Accession Date: March 30, 2001)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, 1991–1783 B.C.


Deir el-Bersha, Egypt


Length x Width: 26 x 5 cm (10 1/4 x 1 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi