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Fragment of a cartonnage mummy cover

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This is a large fragment from the front of a cartonnage (painted, plaster-soaked linen) mummy case. The background painted red with varied bands of elaborate, multicolored decoration that form a border to a rhomboidal field. The top band contains a winged sun disk flanked by opposing...

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From Abydos. 1902: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt, received by the MFA through subscription to the Egypt Exploration Fund. (Accession Date: November 17, 1902)

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Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty), 3rd–2nd century B.C.


Abydos, Egypt


Height x width: 16.5 x 25.5 cm (6 1/2 x 10 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi