Eye inlay from coffin or mummy case

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
760–332 B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

57.519

Medium or Technique

Alabaster, glass, and obsidian

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coffins and sarcophagi

This eye inlay probably from a coffin or mummy case is made of stone and glass: the whites of the eye are travertine (Egyptian alabaster) with a circular inset for a green glass iris with obsidian pupil.

Provenance

Luigi Vassalli Collection. By 1957: with Horace L. Mayer; given to the MFA by Horace L. Mayer. (Accession Date: April 1, 1957)

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer