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Tongue plate

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Roughly rectangular tongue plate, probably intended to aid the mummy in regaining the ability to speak. Thin gold sheet, with details beaten in surface; good condition.

Provenance

From Hawara. 1911: excavated by William Flinders Petrie for the Egyptian Research Account; awarded to the Egyptian Research Account by the government of Egypt; given to the MFA by the Egyptian Research Account. (Accession Date: March 2, 1911)

Credit Line

Egyptian Research Account by subscription

Egyptian, Roman Imperial Period, 30 B.C.–A.D. 395

Object Place for Label

Object Place

Hawara, Egypt

Dimensions

Width x length: 2.7 x 4 cm (1 1/16 x 1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.2890

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Mummy Trappings