Inv. n°: MMoCA489

The Arrhenius Sarcophagus

Deaccessioned from the Mougins Museum, Christies NY. Wood and gesso anthropoid coffin with elaborate polychrome painted decoration including scenes of funerary rituals Egyptian

h. 182.5 x w. 55 x d. 67 cm

Early Dynasty XXII, dated into the reigns of either Pharaoh Sheshonq I or Pharaoh Orsokon I

Wood and gesso


  • Olof Arrhenius, thence by descent, Stockolm, Sweden, acquired in 1920's, Olof Arrhenius was a chemist and son of Svante August Arrhenius, a Nobel Laureate and member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
  • Sotheby's Antiquities Sale, The property of Olof Arrhenius, Esq., London, 9th July 1984, lot 189
  • Ex Trammell Crow Collection, Dallas, Texas, 1984-2007
  • Heritage Auctions, Dallas, 13th October 2007
  • Acquired from the aboveby Safani Gallery Inc., New York
  • Owned in partnership by Safani Gallery Inc. & Ward & Company, Works of Art LLC, New York, 2007-2009
  • Acquired at Ward & Company, New York, 2009


  • Sotheby's, Antiquities Sale, 9th July 1984, lot 189
  • Heritage Auctions, 13th October 2007, lot 33557
  • Ward & Company Works of Art LLC. & Alan Safani Inc., 2009
  • Antike Welt, April 2011, p. 4
  • Ancient Warfare, 2013, vol. VI, issue 5, p. 8
  • P. Clayton, "Ancient Egypt" in M. Merrony (ed.), Mougins Museum of Classical Art, 2011, pp. 33, 34, 39 and 40
  • in M. Merrony (ed.), Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins. La Collection Famille Levett, 2012, p. 27
  • La Marche de l'Histoire, February 2013, no. 4, p. 18
  • C. de Araújo Duarte, "The Amduat on the 21st Dynasty coffins", Proceedings First vatican Coffin conference, Edizioni Musei Vaticani, 22nd June 2013, p. 63
  • C. de Araújo Duarte, "Crossing the Landscapes of Eternity: Parallels Between Amduat and Funeral Procession Scenes on the 21st Dynasty Coffins" in R. Sousa (ed.), Archeopress, Egyptology 3, 2014, pp. 81-89, fig. 5
  • C. de Araújo Duarte, "Scenes from the Amduat on the funerary coffins and sarcophagi of the 21st Dynasty", International Congress of Egyptologists XI, Florence, 2015-08-13/30, pp. 4-5


  • Ägyptologisches Institut Universität Heidelberg, Heildelberg, Germany, 1980-1984
  • San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas, USA, 1990-2001
  • Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins (MACM), Mougins, France, 2011-2019

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