Tongue plate

Egyptian
Roman Imperial Period
30 B.C.–A.D. 395


Object Place: Egypt, Hawara

Dimensions

Width x length: 2.7 x 4 cm (1 1/16 x 1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.2890

Medium or Technique

Gold

On View

Egyptian Funerary Arts Gallery (Mummies) (Gallery 109)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Mummy trappings

Roughly rectangular tongue plate, probably intended to aid the mummy in regaining the ability to speak. Thin gold sheet, with details beaten in surface; good condition.

Provenance

From Hawara. 1911: excavated by William Flinders Petrie for the Egyptian Research Account; awarded to the Egyptian Research Account by the government of Egypt; given to the MFA by the Egyptian Research Account.
(Accession Date: March 2, 1911)

Credit Line

Egyptian Research Account by subscription