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Face from an anthropoid coffin

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Well modeled, naturalistic face carved from a single piece of fine-grained wood. The flat back suggests that it was once attached to an anthropoid coffin. Eyes and eyebrows formerly contained inlays that are now missing; a square hole is cut in the chin for a false beard; the dark wood is badly...

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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: June 28, 1872)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21–26, 1075–525 B.C.


Height x width: 23 x 17.6 cm (9 1/16 x 6 15/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi