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Unknown artist, Egyptian
Coffin and mummy of Nesmin, 250 BCE
Coffin: wood, gesso, gilding, paint, and colored glass
Length: 179.1 cm (70 1/2 inches)
Museum Appropriation Fund and Mary B. Jackson Fund 38.206

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Coffin and mummy of Nesmin

Unknown artist, Egyptian
Coffin and mummy of Nesmin, 250 BCE
Coffin: wood, gesso, gilding, paint, and colored glass
Length: 179.1 cm (70 1/2 inches)
Museum Appropriation Fund and Mary B. Jackson Fund 38.206

This is the coffin of the Egyptian priest Nesmin, who lived during the Ptolemaic Period. Hieroglyphic texts on the lower portion of Nesmin’s coffin lid provide his titles and genealogy. Like his father and many paternal ancestors, in life he had been a priest of the fertility god Min and also of Khonsu, a god of the moon and healing. His mother had played the ritual rattle in service to Min. Nesmin’s priestly duties included clothing Min’s statue and caring for other gods’ statues in the temple of Akhmin in Middle Egypt. The coffin’s decoration reflects a Ptolemaic style typical for that site.


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