Feet from a mummy case

Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty)
3rd–2nd century B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Abydos


Height x width: 20 x 15.5 cm (7 7/8 x 6 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Coffins and sarcophagi

This item comprises the bottom (feet) portion of a cartonnage (painted, plaster-soaked linen) mummy case. Painted decoration depicts human feet of squared, bulky proportions with elongated toes. The soles are yellow, while the upper parts are reddish-brown with bands and borders of yellow, blue and red. Reddish-brown cross-hatching may be meant to represent surrounding linen wrapping.


From Abydos. 1902: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt, received by the MFA through subscription to the Egypt Exploration Fund on November 17, 1902. (Accession Date: November 17, 1902)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription