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Coffin lid


Lid of a tall rishi-style coffin of painted and gilded tamarisk wood of an unknown woman, probably a member of the royal family at Thebes : Ancient Egyptian, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Qurna, 2nd Intermediate Period, 17th Dynasty, c.1585-1545 BC

Museum reference

A.1909.527.1 A


World Culture

Object name

Coffin lid

Production information

Egypt, Northern Africa


2nd Intermediate Period, 17th Dynasty

Style / Culture

Ancient Egyptian


Tamarisk wood, Gilt

Physical description

Tamarisk wood, gilt

Collection place(s)

Qurna, Thebes, Upper Egypt, Egypt, Northern Africa


Excavator: Petrie, William Matthew Flinders, Professor Sir, 1853 - 1942


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