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Scene on cartonnage

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This fragment of cartonnage (painted, plaster-soaked linen) was originally from mummy trappings of some kind. A painted agricultural scene shows a bovine with plumed headdress (possibly meant to be the goddess Hathor), behind which a woman stands with arms outstretched holding a flagellum. The...

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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, Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty), 305–30 B.C.


Length x width: 22.5 x 13.4 cm (8 7/8 x 5 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Cartonnage; textile backing


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Mummy Trappings