sábado, 3 de octubre de 2015

miniature coffin



Small sarcophagus of Wood

This small model of a coffin of painted wood comes from the excavations of the Egypt Exploration Fund at Abydos at the beginning of the 20th  century. On the top the figure of a jackal (Anubis) and another of a falcon (Horus), both of them in wood covered with stucco, have survived. The upper part of the long sides is rounded off and decorated by four figures of crouching genii, holding a knife in their hands. The corners of the coffin carry, on each side, a column of text containing an offering formula and the name of the owner. The board which formed the base and the one which formed one of the two small sides are not preserved. The piece dates from the Late Period or the Ptolemaic Period.



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