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Eye inlay from coffin or mummy case

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This eye inlay probably from a coffin or mummy case is made of stone and glass: the whites of the eye are travertine (Egyptian alabaster) with a circular inset for a green glass iris with obsidian pupil.


Luigi Vassalli Collection. By 1957: with Horace L. Mayer; given to the MFA by Horace L. Mayer. (Accession Date: April 1, 1957)

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer

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


Length: 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Alabaster, glass, and obsidian


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi