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Mummy case and mummy of Penu

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This painted cartonnage mummy case still contains the remains of an individual named Penu (PA-ny-ny-iu). It is anthropoid in shape and wears a tripartite-style wig that is striped in blue and white. Additional polychrome decoration covers the case in yellow, blue, green, red, and black on an...

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Likely 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) (Numbers reassigned and corrected: September 20, 1995)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period, Dyn. 22, reign of Sheshonq III, 825–712 B.C.


Length: 180 cm (70 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Cartonnage; human remains


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Coffins, Sarcophagi