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Polychrome painted cartonnage mummy-case containing the body of an infant, sex uncertain.
Skull - Flexed. No obvious fractures.
Thorax and Abdomen - Owing to tight bandaging, the thoracic cage has been compressed and some of the ribs are fractured. A segment of the dorsal spine has been dislocated and is displaced to the left. A dense, cylindrical object lies in the right hemithorax. A similar object lies in the left hemithorax.
Pelvis - Apparently empty. The pelvic bones and hips appear normal.
Arms - Crossed on the breast (right over left). The palms of the hands, fingers extended, lie just below the shoulders. No fractures or dislocations seen.
Legs - The bones and joints appear normal. No fractures or dislocations seen.
The mummy-case is made in the form of Osiris. The face is gilded, the head originally surmounted by a crown. There is a gilded pectoral around neck, showing in relief a scarab flanked by falcons, crowned with solar discs, that surmounts an elaborate collar with free-standing falcon-headed terminals. The arms are not crossed, but the figure does hold crook and flail and wears bracelets. The body is painted to represent a bead-net and decorated with painted amulets, in the form of the four Sons of Horus, with a vertical register of corrupt hieroglyphs down centre of body.
- Production date
- 1stC BC-1stC
Length: 78 centimetres (mummy)
Length: 81 centimetres
Width: 23.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
The British Museum, 'Guide to the First, Second and Third Egyptian Rooms' (London, 1924), p. 142;
S. Walker and M. Bierbrier, 'Fayum. Misteriosi volti dall'Egitto' (London, 1997), p. 64 ;
C. Riggs, 'The beautiful burial in Roman Egypt: art, identity, and funerary religion' (Oxford, 2005), 62, 63, 65, 66, 67, 83, 84 Fig. 32, 256; 247 n. 6.
- On display (G62/dc26)
- Exhibition history
1997 22 Oct-1998 30 Apr, Italy, Rome, Fondaione Memmo, Ancient Faces
- Acquisition date
- Egypt and Sudan
- BM/Big number
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