Mummy Board of Iineferty

The Mistress of the House, Iineferty, was buried in an anthropoid wooden coffin. A wooden cover, sometimes called a “mummy board,” was placed over the body. This mummy board is carved and painted to represent the deceased as if she were alive and dressed in a long white pleated gown. Under-side of Foot end of the mummy cover of Iineferty. The two women are in the pose of mourning, the one at the left is identified as “her daughter,” and it is likely that both are family members of the deceased.


Object Details

Mummy Board of Iineferty

New Kingdom, Ramesside

Dynasty 19, reign of Ramesses II

 1279–1213 B.C.

Egypt, Luxor, Deir el-Medina, Tomb of Sennedjem (TT 1), Egyptian Antiquities Service/Maspero excavations, 1885–86

Wood, gesso, paint, varnish

h. 181 cm (71 1/4 in)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art