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Permanent Collection: Ancient Egyptian Art:
Coffin Board

Coffin Board

Egypt. Twenty-first Dynasty, ca.1070-946 B.C. Painted wood. 1999.1.12

Coffin boards were a feature unique to the Twenty-First Dynasty. They evolved out of the mummy masks and elaborate body covers of the New Kingdom. The coffin board looked like, and served as, a secondary lid and was covered with depictions of gods and amuletic devices to protect the mummy. This beautifully preserved example depicts a female in a full wig wearing a jeweled broad collar and shielded by the sky goddess' outstretched wings.


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