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Plaster body covering

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This modern-looking sculpture brings to mind a figure in quiet repose. Made of plaster, it was molded directly over a body that had been wrapped in multiple layers of linen, and then buried in a simple wooden coffin. The head is slightly raised and splayed at the back because it lay on a wooden...

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Provenance

From Giza, tomb G 2037 B (shaft X). 1939: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1939: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: September 1, 1939)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5 or 6, 2465–2150 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Mask height: 21 cm (8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

39.828

Medium or Technique

Plaster

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Mummy Trappings