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Coffin of Irtirutja

Ancient Egyptian Painting

Coffin of Irtirutja

Ancient Egyptian Painting
  • Date: c.332 - c.250 BC
  • Style: Ptolemaic
  • Theme: Sarcophagi
  • Genre: portrait, symbolic painting
  • Media: wood, plaster, gold, paint
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This elaborately decorated coffin belongs to Irtirutja, a priest in Akhmim, and the inscription on his coffin lists seven preceding generations including his father Harresnet and his mother Taneferti, a musician for Min.

The coffin’s decoration includes a winged scarab beetle on the head, a broad collar with falcon terminals on the chest, various deities in the center, and depictions of the god Anubis on the feet.

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Excavated at Akhmim by the Egyptian Antiquities Service. Purchased from the Egyptian Government, 1886.

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