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Cartonnage panel of winged scarab

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This painted cartonnage (painted, plaster-soaked linen) panel from the trappings of a mummy depicts an image that relates to rebirth symbolism. A winged scarab likely represents Khepri, a manifestation of the sun-god specifically at rising (i.e. resurrection) on the morning horizon. Painted...

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Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Hellenistic period, Ptolemaic Dynasty, 332–30 B.C.

Dimensions

Length x height: 45 x 13 cm (17 11/16 x 5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.4927

Medium or Technique

Cartonnage

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Mummy Trappings