Anthropoid sarcophagus
of Amunemopet

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, 1570-1320 B.C.

Wood, painted and gilded, findspot unknown

This luxurious sarcophagus was made for the mummy of Ammunemopet, Overseer of the Weapon-Bearers of Pharaoh Tuthmoses I. Its effect is achieved not only by the brilliance of the inlaid eyes but also by the way in which the black paint serves as a background against which the gilding glistens. As a work of art, this sarcophagus is the earliest known dated example of its type which became extremely popular in later generations.

Photo courtesy of Roemer und Pelizaeus Museum

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