The Sarcophagus of Harkhebit was excavated by Service des Antiquités de l'Egypte in 1902, then purchased from the Egyptian government by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1907. Photo from The Met, Creative Commons.

Harkhebit’s sarcophagus is different from the imagery of Ancient Egypt that so many of us are used to. When I first saw the sarcophagus in the Metropolitan Museum’s Egyptian wing, I was instantly intrigued. The gloss of the stone, the meticulous artistry and the morbid subject of its purpose hooked me in.