From:Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities
About this objectThis fragment of a shroud or mummy wrapping is made of finely woven pale brown linen, and dates to the early Ptolemaic period around 300 BC. Depicted on the linen are scenes from the Book of the Dead, showing a funeral procession. Beneath the funeral scene is an inscription, with the text written in Egyptian hieratic.
The illustration, from left to right, includes: butchers cutting up an ox as an offering; men carrying furniture for the after-life; four standard bearers with nome signs (hawk, ibis and jackals); a funerary boat with the figures of Isis and Nepthys on either side; and a man pulling a sledge bearing an image of Anubis, Protector of the Dead.
A similar scene occurs at the beginning of the copy of the Book of the Dead on the Turin Papyrus.
Date Madeca. 300 BC
Medium and MaterialsTextile; Linen
Style and IconographyEgyptian (ancient)
MeasurementsHeight 60mm; Length 485mm
Subject and Association KeywordsAnimals in art
Subject and Association KeywordsClothing and dress
Subject and Association KeywordsHieroglyphs
Subject and Association KeywordsWriting and art
Named CollectionThe James Logie Memorial Collection, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Object TypeFunerary Objects
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