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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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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)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 22, 945–712 B.C.


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

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Medium or Technique

Cartonnage; human remains


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi