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Coffin and Cover of Princess Mayet

Princess Mayet, a wife of King Nebhepetre Mentuhotep, the founder of the Middle Kingdom and a great conqueror, died very young. As was typical in the Middle Kingdom, her coffin is rectangular with a flat cover. The cover has a single line of painted inscription, an offering formula, down the center. A similar formula appears on the sides of the coffin. A pair of magical eyes painted at the end on one long side allows the deceased to see when the priest makes offerings.

MEDIUM Wood, pigment
Place Excavated: Thebes (Deir el Bahri)
DATES ca. 2008-1957 B.C.E.
DYNASTY XI Dynasty
PERIOD Middle Kingdom
DIMENSIONS 16 15/16 x 15 ½ x 71 ¾ in. (43 x 39.4 x 182.2 cm)  
ACCESSION NUMBER 52.127a-b
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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