Egypt, First Intermediate Period, 11th Dynasty
Coffin of Tjeby
painted wood with linen-wrapped mummy
78 x 20 x 20 in
198.12 x 50.80 x 50.80 cm
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
This coffin, like many wooden objects from ancient Egypt, consists of small pieces of wood that have been pegged together. The single line of text decorating the coffin’s lid and chest records Tjeby’s name and titles (Count and Sealbearer of the King of Lower Egypt) as well as prayers to protect him in the afterlife. Tjeby’s mummy was placed on its left side so that he could look out through the wedget eyes painted on the exterior. The wedget or Eye of Horus (the falcon god), was often used to ward off evil; the two eyes here served to protect Tjeby on his journey through the underworld.