Wooden face of a coffin: the large tenon at the top slotted into the wig, and a single wooden dowel through this held the face in position; a bituminous adhesive was also applied. Although the face represents a generic image of the resurrected dead person, it is, nonetheless, a superb example of wood-carving. The facial contours, in particular the cheeks, nose and mouth, have been rendered with great sensitivity. The eyes, inlaid with ivory and obsidian, with bronze cosmetic lines, give a wonderfully vivid and alert impression. The face is split down one side.
- 1400BC (or later)
- Found/Acquired: Egypt
- Length: 18 centimetres
- Width: 14 centimetres
S. Walker and M. Bierbrier, 'Fayum. Misteriosi volti dall'Egitto' (London, 1997), p. 43 ;
S. Quirke, ‘Ancient Egyptian Religion’ (London, 1992), pp. 146-147, fig. 86;
J.H. Taylor and N.C. Strudwick, Mummies: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt. Treasures from The British Museum, Santa Ana and London 2005, pp. 54-5, pl. on p. 55.
1989 Jan-Mar, South Florida Science Museum, Imhotep's Egypt: Discovering Ancient Egyptian Technology
1989 Apr-Jun, Miami, Museum of Science, Imhotep's Egypt: Discovering Ancient Egyptian Technology
1989 Jul-Aug, Jacksonville Museum of Science History, Imhotep's Egypt: Discovering Ancient Egyptian Technology
1989 1 Nov-1990 31 Dec, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpar, National Museum of Malaysia, Treasures from the Graves
1997 15 Oct-1998 30 Apr, Italy, Rome, Fondazione Memmo, Ancient Faces
2003 17 Jul-12 Oct, Valencia, Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, The Eyesight and the Vision
2005-2008, California, The Bowers Museum, Death and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt
19th Nov 2011- 11 Mar 2012. Richmond , VA, Virginia museum of Fine Art. Mummy. The inside story.
Mar - Oct 2012. Brisbane, Queensland Museum South Bank. Mummy: The Inside Story
2012/3, Nov-Apr, Mumbai, CSMVS, Mummy: The Inside Story
2013, Apr-Nov, Singapore, ArtScience Museum, Mummy: The Inside Story
incomplete - head only
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
- BS.6887 (Birch Slip Number)
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