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Fragment of coffin decoration

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This fragment of a wooden coffin has well preserved painted decoration in white, red, yellow, and black. There is an overall white priming, much of which has worn or flaked off. Remaining decoration includes the upper portion of a falcon-headed sphinx with sun-disc and uraeus on its head...

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


Width x length: 13.5 x 34.8 cm (5 5/16 x 13 11/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi