Finger caps

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


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb G 7600 S, Room III

Dimensions

Length of largest x width of widest x depth of thickest: 2.1 x 2.0 x 0.6 cm (13/16 x 13/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

29.1521a-j

Medium or Technique

Gold

Out on Loan

On display at Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, May 17, 2013 – June 30, 2018

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Mummy trappings

This is a complete set of 10 finger caps of gold sheet that would have been applied to the fingertips of a mummy as a means of both protection of bodily integrity and visual preservation of form. Details of the fingernails have been incised. Some of the guards are in slighly crumpled condition.

For associated objects (toe guards/caps) from the same mummy see 29.1522a-j.

Provenance

From Giza, G 7600 S, room III. 1929: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: April 22, 1929)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition