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Coffin: E.GA.507.1947

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Description

Fragment of a face from a 'yellow' coffin, polychrome and varnished. The face has been carved from sycomore fig, with sidr and sycomore fig dowels. Preserved on the head is an ornamental band with an upside lotus flower in the centre. This flower suggests that the face may come from a woman’s coffin, although this feature is also found on men’s coffins as well. The chin and nose were heavily restored sometime in the early twentieth century. The structure and composition of the decorative layers on the face are very similar to the inner coffin and mummy board of Nespawershefyt (E.1.1822).

Measurements and weight

Height: 24.6 cm
Thickness: 5.4 cm
Width: 21.7 cm

Relative size of this object

21.7 cm24.6 cm5.4 cm What does this represent?

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Find spot

  • Thebes (Egypt)

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1947) by Gayer-Anderson, Robert Grenville, Major

Dating

Twenty-first Dynasty
Third Intermediate period
-1070 - 735 -0735

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Identification numbers

Accession number: E.GA.507.1947
Primary reference Number: 61698
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 12 March 2021 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2020) "Coffin" Web page available at: https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/61698 Accessed: 2021-10-13 18:19:09

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