Beard from a coffin or mask
Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21–24
Width x length: 6 x 18.5 cm (2 3/8 x 7 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This is the beard component that once was attached to the face of wooden and (likely) cartonnage coffin or mask. It is plastered and painted, and there are traces of cloth on the back underneath the plaster treatment. It is painted yellow with greenish-black lines to indicate plaiting. The end is modelled into a curl.
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. (Accession date: June 28, 1872)
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way