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Coffin fragment: E.105.1932

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Current Location: In storage




Wooden beard from a New Kingdom coffin. Carved channels hold blue glass inlays and a pinkish crystalline material embedded in a blue paste. The divisions are highlighted with gold leaf. A small amount of linen soaked in a reddish adhesive (probably animal glue) is visible over the wood on the proper left bottom corner of the beard on one of the raised areas. There is a patchy thin layer of white paste across the wood, primarily on the raised areas and the top where the beard would meet the chin. The raised areas are gilded on the front and sides. The centre of the back appears not to have been gilded. At the top of the back, a red pigment is visible on top of the white paste. This may be the colour of the missing face.

Measurements and weight

Length: 16.5 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1932) by Whyte, Edward Towry


New Kingdom
-1550 - -1070

Components of the work

Inlay composed of glass

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: A damaged white paper label on the back of the tenon reads “S**fin 13th ETW 1891 ***Karnak”
  • Type: Paper label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: E.105.1932
Primary reference Number: 52837
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 15 March 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Antiquities

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