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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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Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

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

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

72.4799

Medium or Technique

Wood

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi