Fragments of mummy wrappings

Egyptian
Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Menkaura
2632–2510 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb G 2220 B

Dimensions

Length x width: 115 x 25 cm (45 1/4 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

33.1017.1

Medium or Technique

Organic remains/linen

Not On View

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts, The Ancient World

Classifications

Textiles

Wrappings from a female mummy with arms, legs, fingers and toes individually wrapped. Wads and pads of linen were inserted between the layers of linen wrappings to give the body a more life-like appearance. The face, neck and breasts were molded from linen and wet resin. A mid-calf-length tunic with a v-neck was placed over the body.

Provenance

From Giza, tomb G 2220 B. Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1933: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition