Funerary shroud

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


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Painted linen

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World


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.


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