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Coffin: E.GA.507.1947

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Current Location: In storage




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).

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

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Acquisition and important dates

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


21st Dynasty
Third Intermediate period
-1070 - -0735

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Accession number: E.GA.507.1947
Primary reference Number: 61698
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 12 March 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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