Scene on cartonnage

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


Length x width: 22.5 x 13.4 cm (8 7/8 x 5 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cartonnage; textile backing

Not On View


The Ancient World


Mummy trappings

This fragment of cartonnage (painted, plaster-soaked linen) was originally from mummy trappings of some kind. A painted agricultural scene shows a bovine with plumed headdress (possibly meant to be the goddess Hathor), behind which a woman stands with arms outstretched holding a flagellum. The main figures of the scene are painted yellowish on red background; details are in black with varied surrounding border designs in green, red, white, and black.


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