Funerary shroud

Egyptian
Roman Imperial Period, possibly reign of Trajan
A.D. 98–117


Dimensions

Width x length (without fringe):104.0 x 218.0 cm (40 15/16 x 85 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

72.4723

Medium or Technique

Painted linen

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World

Classifications

Mummy trappings

This mummy linen with fringed ends is painted in pink, black, green, and orange. It bears a full length figure of a woman with long curly hair, wearing a long, multicolored complex robe/dress and band around the head. She is surrounded by hieroglyphic text and mythological figures (including Anubis jackals flanking the feet and a winged, legged serpent at top left) & scenes. Some portions are missing & some spots show discoloration.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way