Coffret à oushebtis peint à l'imitation du bois
Painted wood. Chips.
Egypt, Late Period, 664-332 B.C.
H.: 30.5 cm, L.: 12.5 cm.
This type of box contained the oushebtis (funeral servants) of the deceased. Most often made of wood, they are generally decorated with funerary scenes. The originality of this one lies in the fact that it is painted with a pattern imitating wood: it has been given the appearance of cedar, a more noble (and more expensive) wood than the palm tree from which the box is actually made.
A similar example in the Musée du Louvre, n°inv. N2943
M. Etienne, Les portes du ciel, Visions du monde dans l'Egypte ancienne, Paris, 2009, n°229, p. 265