Coffin and Mummy of Paankhenamun

EgyptianAbout 945–715 B.C.

The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, United States

This coffin belonged to a man named Paankhenamun, whose name translates as “He lives for Amun.” Paankhenamun was the doorkeeper of the temple of the god Amun, a position he inherited from his father. X-ray examination reveals that he was approximately 5’6” tall and died in middle age. Cartonnage cases were a popular form of coffin at the time that Paankhenamun was buried. After mummification, the wrapped body was inserted into the case through the back. The back was then laced up, a footboard was added, and the case was painted. Cartonnage coffins were normally placed inside one or more nested wooden coffins that were also decorated.


  • Title: Coffin and Mummy of Paankhenamun
  • Creator: Egyptian
  • Date Created: About 945–715 B.C.
  • Physical Dimensions: 170.2 × 43.2 × 31.7 cm (67 × 17 × 12 1/2 in.)
  • Type: Funerary object
  • External Link: The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Media: Cartonnage, gold leaf, pigment, and human remains
  • Culture/Place: Egypt
  • Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, W. Moses Willner Fund, 1910.238
  • Artist: Egyptian

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