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Cartonnage panel of vulture

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This decorated cartonnage (painted, plaster-soaked linen) panel was originally part of mummy trappings. The figure depicts an image that may relate to rebirth symbolism, possibly intended to refer to the ba-bird (a "spiritual" aspect of a deceased person), or protection in the form of a...

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By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession date: September 23, 1992)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 25–30, 760–332 B.C.


Height x width: 24 x 46 cm (9 7/16 x 18 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Mummy Trappings