Bottom of Coffin
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Cosmos, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
In the interior painting on this bottom half of a coffin, the large figure represents Osiris, king of the dead. The mummy would have originally lain on top of this figure, thereby associating the deceased with the king who was successfully reborn into the afterlife. Lesser figures here include three images, in the top and second registers, of the human-headed bird called the ba-soul, which acts on behalf of the deceased in our world; and deities such as Anubis and Horus, who here protect Osiris by supporting his legs.
MEDIUM Wood, painted
•Possible Place Collected: Thebes, Egypt
DATES ca. 1070-945 B.C.E.
DYNASTY XXI Dynasty
PERIOD Third Intermediate Period
DIMENSIONS 17 1/4 x 1 1/2 x 70 3/4 in. (43.8 x 3.8 x 179.7 cm)