The Secrets of Tomb 10A: Egypt 2000 BC

In a 1915 excavation, archaeologists from the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition discovered the entrance to a tomb at the picturesque site of Deir el-Bersha in Egypt. Inside, the MFA team found the largest burial assemblage of the Middle Kingdom (2040-1640 BC) ever discovered. The tomb, designated Tomb 10A, was filled with the funerary equipment of a local governor by the name of Djehutynakht and his wife, also named Djehutynakht. The tomb contained four beautifully painted coffins, one of which, the famous "Bersha coffin" (the outer coffin of the governor), is arguably the finest painted coffin Egypt produced and a masterpiece of panel painting. The contents of the Djehutynakhts’ tomb were awarded to the MFA by the Egyptian government and transported to Boston in 1920.

"The Secrets of Tomb 10A: Egypt 2000 BC" introduces visitors to the concepts of the afterlife in the Middle Kingdom by taking a journey through the remarkable tomb of the Djehutynakhts and its many objects. It also offers an opportunity to gain insight into the fascinating era in which the couple lived by viewing sculptures, jewelry, furniture and other objects representing the high officials of their time.

The exhibition is sponsored by Bank of America.
The exhibition is supported by The Calderwood Charitable Foundation.
Additional support for the exhibition is provided by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.


Sunday, October 18, 2009 - Sunday, June 27, 2010