Egyptian / Outer Coffin of Henettawy / ca. 1040-991 B.C.E.Egyptian
Outer Coffin of Henettawy
ca. 1040-991 B.C.E.

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Creator Nationality: African; North African; Egyptian
Creator Name-CRT: Egyptian
Title: Outer Coffin of Henettawy
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -104
Creation End Date: -99
Creation Date: ca. 1040-991 B.C.E.
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Funerary Containers
Materials and Techniques: Plastered and painted wood
Dimensions: L. 79 7/8 in. (203 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 25.3.182
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1925

At the beginning of the Third Intermediate Period, ruling power was divided between a dynasty based in the delta city of Tanis and the high priests of Amun at Thebes. During this unsettled period the individual private tomb was abandoned in favor of family tombs (or caches) that could be more easily guarded from thieves. Often tombs that had already been robbed were reused for this purpose. Henettawy, a mistress of the house and chantress of Amun-Re, was buried in such a tomb. Since her tomb, like most others of the time, was undecorated, the paintings on her coffin, with their emphasis on elaborate religious symbolism and imagery, replaced the wall decorations of previous periods and reflect a style and iconongraphy developed during the late New Kingdom. Henettawy wears a plain tripartite wig and elaborate funerary jewelry typical of the period.

AMICA ID: MMA_.25.3.182
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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