The Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt - Sarcophagus of Ashait


Identity: Ashait, Wife of Mentuhotep II
Material: Painted Limestone
Period: Middle Kingdom, 11th Dynasty
Reign: Mentuhotep II

Height: 97 cm
Length: 250 cm
Width: 97 cm

The interior decoration of the sarcophagus is painted in vivid colors and reproduces scenes of a palace life nearly identical to the carvings in sunk relief on the exterior. In the first scene, Ashait has coarse features and a stout figure. She is depicted sniffing lotuses, the symbol of life, while an attendant fans her and another presents a duck.

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