Outer Sarcophagus of the Royal Prince, Count of Thebes, Pa-seba-khai-en-ipet
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
In the Twenty-first Dynasty, the Egyptian elites stopped building elaborate tombs. Instead, they transferred the scenes normally painted on tomb walls to the coffin. Pa-seba-khai-en-ipet’s outer coffin shows multiple scenes of the gods and the deceased worshipping them. Not only does the coffin present the deceased as Osiris, but it also illustrates the many gods he will confront in the afterlife.
The damage to the painted surface on the left side of the coffin has been left unrepaired to reveal how the carpenters pinned smaller pieces of wood together with wooden pegs to make a coffin. Artists then plastered and painted the surface to make it appear smooth.
Wood (cedar and acacia), gesso, pigment
ca. 1075-945 B.C.E.
Third Intermediate Period
37 x 30 1/4 x 83 3/8 in., 287 lb. (94 x 76.8 x 211.8 cm, 130.2kg)
Lid: 117.5 lb. (53.3kg)
Base: 169.5 lb. (76.9kg)
mount (Support and display board, NMK loan): 39 × 93 × 38 in. (99.1 × 236.2 × 96.5 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Deir el-Bahri, Thebes, Egypt; by 1893, unearthed by Emile Brugsch; 1894, purchased from Emile Brugsch by Armand de Potter of Belgium and New York, NY; 1905, inherited from Armand de Potter by Amy Beckwith (Mrs. Aimee S. de Potter) of New York, NY and Asheville, NC; March 1908, purchased from Amy Beckwith by the Brooklyn Museum.
Large outer sarcophagus of the Royal Prince, Count of Thebes, etc. P3-s'b3-h'-n-ipt. Wood, overlaid with gesso, and painted yellow. Conventional decorations and inscriptions over entire base and cover. Portrait mask, and arms crossed on breast.
Fragment A: Sarcophagus
Fragment B: Lid
This item is not on view
Outer Sarcophagus of the Royal Prince, Count of Thebes, Pa-seba-khai-en-ipet, ca. 1075-945 B.C.E. Wood (cedar and acacia), gesso, pigment, 37 x 30 1/4 x 83 3/8 in., 287 lb. (94 x 76.8 x 211.8 cm, 130.2kg). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 08.480.1a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 08.480.1a-b_profile_PS1.jpg)
side, profile, 08.480.1a-b_profile_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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