Mummy panel (apron)

Egyptian
Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty)
305–30 B.C.


Dimensions

Length x width x depth: 33.6 x 14 x .2 cm (13 1/4 x 5 1/2 x 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

59.1071.2

Medium or Technique

Gilded and polychrome painted cartonnage

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Mummy trappings

This item is part of a set of mummy trappings, all made of cartonnage (plaster-soaked linen), consisting of a long, rectangular apron, a pectoral (collar), and two sandal soles. All pieces are intricately detailed, with much of the paint and gilding preserved. The rectangular apron carries elaborate painted and gilt decoration: at the top is a scene of Anubis performing funerary/embalming rites over the deceased, who lies on a lion-shaped funerary bed, while the protective goddesses Isis and Nephthys look on. The bottom register shows Anubis in the form of a recumbent jackal on a shrine, holding what looks to be a flagellum. This motif is rendered twice, with the two versions facing each other. The short vertical registers (white rectangles) above, which would be expected to to contain the names of the deceased and deities, respectively, were apparently not filled in. However, the painted vertical text (black text on white background) running down the center of the apron includes an offering formula and identifies the owner as “Keru, born of Imhotep.”

This manner of mummy trapping came into style particularly as of the early Ptolemaic Dynasty.

For other elements of this set see also: 59.1071.1, 59.1071.3, 59.1071.4

Provenance

By 1958: Horace L. Mayer collection; March 7, 1958: lent to the MFA by Horace L. Meyer, March 7, 1958; December 21, 1959: given to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 21, 1959)

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer