Sarcophagus with Separate Cover
Granite, 51 1/4 x 93 1/4 x 41 in. (130.2 x 236.9 x 104.1 cm)
Old Kingdom, IV Dynasty, 2555-2532 B.C.E.
Excavated from Giza
Brooklyn #48.110, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Photos © Joan Lansberry, May 2008
From the info card:|
"Found in a royal tomb, this sarcophagus, or monumental coffin, housed the mummy of a prince or his wife. A pattern of niches imitating the designs on palace walls decorates its surface, alluding to the sarcophagus's function as the deceased's final home. Holes drilled in each end of the lid allowed poles or ropes to be inserted in order to carry it and position to be inserted in order to carry it and position it on the box."
In Reading Egyptian Art, Richard Wilkinson has an illustration of another piece at the Brooklyn museum, revealing the serekh hieroglyph which decorates it, and which is on this sarcophagus: