New acquisition on display at Metropolitan Museum
A highly ornamented ancient Egyptian coffin from the first century BCE is the spectacular centre piece of a new exhibition, Nedjemankh and His Gilded Coffin, now on at The Metropolitan Museum of Art until next April. The recently acquired work, which was inscribed for a high-ranking priest of the ram-headed god Heryshef of Herakleopolis, is displayed with 70 other works, also from The Met collection. The exhibition is arranged thematically to illuminate the role of Nedjemankh as a priest in ancient Egypt, his burial and the decoration on the coffin.
Gilded Coffin Lid for the Priest Nedjemankh (detail)