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Mummy case and mummy of Bes

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This anthropoid cartonnage (plaster soaked linen) mummy-case contains the mummy of an individual named Bes. The entire surface except for the foot area is blackened by ancient application of resin and oils covering the polychrome decoration. The decoration of the foot area consists of a falcon...

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Provenance

Probably from Thebes. 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, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 22, 945–712 B.C.

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 33 x 191.8 x 53.3 cm (13 x 75 1/2 x 21 in.)

Accession Number

72.4823a

Medium or Technique

Cartonnage; human remains

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi