Inner coffin and mummy board of Meritamun

Artefact Details

Gallery number: 56 – Upper Floor

Period: New Kingdom

Dynasty: 21th Dynasty (ca 1076-952 BC)

Place of discovery: Deir el Bahari, Bab el-Gasus Cache, Thebes

Material: Painted wood

During the 21st Dynasty, many priests and priestesses of Amun were buried around the temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari. In 1891 the archeologist discovered a cache burial of 153 priests and priestesses of Amun named Bab el-Gasus (the gate of the priests) also known as the 2nd Cache of Deir el Bahari: inside there were 254 beautiful coffins, 110 boxes of ushabtis, about 100 papyri, amulets, and stelaes.

This sarcophagus belonged to Meritamun, a chantress in the temple of Amun, daughter of the High Priest of Amun: she was buried in only one coffin decorated with religious text and images showing deities and the judgment of the dead. The mummy board shows Meritamun wearing a long robe and a wig decorated with flowers.