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Hypocephalus

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Thin, slightly concave plate that was placed under the head of the mummy. The incised decoration is divided into horizontal registers and filled with white pigment. Around the border is a band of hieroglyphic inscription. The inscriptions record Spell 162 of the Book of the Dead.

Provenance

From Abydos, tomb of Zeder. 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 on November 17, 1902. (Accession Date: November 17, 1902)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 30, 380–332 B.C.

Object Place for Label

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Egypt

Dimensions

Diameter: 17.1 cm (6 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

02.766

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Mummy Trappings