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Ancient Egypt

  • Lamp with frog motif

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    Lamp with frog motif

    3rd–early 4th century A.D.

    Dimensions

    Height: 3.5 cm.; width: 6.7 cm.; length: 7.9 cm (1 3/8 x 2 5/8 x 3 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Terracotta

    Classification

    Tools & equipment, Lighting Devices

    Accession Number

    72.1531

    Collections
    The Ancient World More Info

    Description

    An ovoid lamp, with deep, rounded sides, and a nozzle fully merged with the body (type also known as " frog" lamp). The upper surface of the lamp is decorated with a frog modelled in low relief.

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  • White crown of Upper Egypt

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    White crown of Upper Egypt

    760–343 B.C.

    Dimensions

    Height: 2.7 cm (1 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Faience

    Classification

    Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets

    Accession Number

    27.1110

    Collections
    The Ancient World More Info

    Description

    Crown- Upper Egypt. Faience, faded blue glaze. Suspension ring on back.

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  • Fragment of a mummy-case

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    Fragment of a mummy-case

    1070–760 B.C.

    Dimensions

    Height x width: 24.5 x 14.5 cm (9 5/8 x 5 11/16 in.)

    Medium

    Cartonnage

    Classification

    Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi

    Accession Number

    72.4807

    Collections
    The Ancient World More Info

    Description

    Fragment of a cartonnage mummy case depicting Osiris and two of the four sons of Horus. Gesso on linen. Heavy white priming; light yellow ground; three figures in conventional profile to left in red, green, blue, yellow and black; irregular edges.

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  • Mummy of a cat

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    Mummy of a cat

    664–30 B.C.

    Dimensions

    Length x width: 52 x 14.5 cm (20 1/2 x 5 11/16 in.)

    Medium

    Linen, organic remains

    Classification

    Organic remains

    Accession Number

    72.4903

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    The Ancient World More Info

    Description

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  • Kitten mummy

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    mummy of a kitten

    305–30 B.C.

    Dimensions

    Height: 23.5 cm (9 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Linen, faunal remains

    Classification

    Organic remains

    Accession Number

    72.4914

    Collections
    The Ancient World More Info

    Description

    This mummified kitten is wrapped in linen bandages arranged in a geometrical pattern front side consisting rectangular panes. Remains of one applied linen eye are evident, while linen drawn up at top represents ears. A stitch has been added to represent a mouth. The ears and chin are badly tattered. Otherwise the mummy is in stable, intact condition.

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  • Mummy mask

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    Mummy mask

    50 B.C.–50 A.D.

    Dimensions

    Overall: 47 x 28 x 21.5cm (18 1/2 x 11 x 8 7/16in.)

    Medium

    Gilded and painted cartonnage

    Classification

    Tomb equipment, Masks

    Accession Number

    02.827

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    The Ancient World More Info

    Description

    Gilded cartonnage mask with stylized features. The heavy wig is painted blue in imitation of lapis lazuli, with a red fillet. The ends of the lappets are decorated with images of the funerary god Ptah-Sokar.

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  • Two mummy case brows

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    Two mummy case brows

    Medium

    Bronze

    Classification

    Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi

    Accession Number

    26-1-94

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    The Ancient World More Info

    Description

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  • Two mummy case eyes

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    Two mummy case eyes

    Medium

    Bronze

    Classification

    Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi

    Accession Number

    26-1-95

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    The Ancient World More Info

    Description

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  • Mummy foot case

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    Mummy foot case

    A.D. 100–199

    Dimensions

    Height x width: 19 x 20.3 cm (7 1/2 x 8 in.)

    Medium

    Painted cartonnage

    Classification

    Tomb equipment, Mummy Trappings

    Accession Number

    1971.217

    Collections
    The Ancient World
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    Egyptian Funerary Arts Gallery (Mummies) - 109 More Info

    Description

    Painted on the top of this cartonnage foot case is a pair of sandaled feet with gilded toenails. Along the side and front panels is a design of geometric rosettes bordered by vertical stripes. The soles of the sandals are painted on the underside of the foot case. Enclosed within the left sole is a depiction of an Asiatic; on the right is a depiction of a Nubian. This motif represents the trampling of Egypt's enemies underfoot. [Alternate Text:] Thin bootlike coverings of cartonnage often encased the wrapped feet of Roman mummies. The depictions of feet in a permanent material ensured the deceased's ability to stand upright, and to come and go in the Netherworld. Bound within the outline of each sandal sole is a representation of one of the traditional enemies of the state of Egypt. The figure on the underside of the right foot depicts a brown-skinned Nubian, that on the left shows a pink-skinned Asiatic. This motif of the trampling of enemies underfoot was traditionally employed only for the king, but was put to use during the Roman Period as a powerful magical spell for vindication in the Netherworld.

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