Ancient Egyptians believed in life after death. This coffin was made for Pedi-Osiris, a priest of the god Osiris, Lord of the Underworld. Standing more than seven feet tall, the coffin once held the priest's mummified body, which had been elaborately prepared for the afterlife, wrapped in multiple layers of linen cloth. Pedi-Osiris appears with a gold face, exotic black-lined eyes, and a fake beard—a symbol of high rank. He wears a wig painted the rich blue of lapis lazuli; numerous painted necklaces; and red clothing covered with a net of painted beads. The coffin also features likenesses of ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses, who were included to protect the deceased and to help him overcome obstacles in the dangerous journey to the next world.


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Artist
Egyptian
Title
Coffin of Pedi-Osiris
Date
332–30 BC
Medium
Carved and painted wood; gold leaf
Dimensions
86 1/8 × 26 × 18 in. (218.8 × 66.0 × 45.7 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by the Alice Pratt Brown Museum Fund

Current Location
The Audrey Jones Beck Building
200 JAMAIL ATRIUM
Accession Number
2000.560.A,.B
Classification
Mummies, Tomb & Funerary Art
Provenance

[The Edward H. Merrin Gallery, Inc., New York, 1970s]; purchased by Fundacion Cultural Televisa, Mexico City, 1978–1991; private collection, Japan, 1991–2000; purchased by [The Merrin Gallery, Inc., New York, 2000]; purchased by MFAH, 2000.