Beard from a coffin or mask

Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21–24
1070–700 B.C.


Width x length: 7.5 x 23.5 cm (2 15/16 x 9 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Coffins and sarcophagi

This wooden beard was part of the face on an anthropoid coffin or mummy mask. It has been carved with plaiting with incised striations and has a curled end. It has been painted black. The tab for attachment is still visible at the top.


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