About this object

Fragment of linen mummy wrapping. Recorded as being taken from the mummy of King Pepy I (Meryra), third ruler of the Sixth Dynasty. Part of his mummy is preserved in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

A sample was taken for radio carbon dating as part of Oxford University's Egyptian Historical Chronologies Project, 2008. When calibrated, using the Oxcal computer program (v3.10) of C. Bronk Ramsey, using the new ‘INTCAL04’ dataset (Radiocarbon 46 (3), 2004), the age range was 2532 - 2469 BC (68.2% probability) and 2577 BC (95.4% probability).

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Old Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Memphite Necropolis: Saqqara
  • Date made
    2321 BC - 2287 BC (Dynasty 5: Reign of Pepi I)
  • Materials
    Textile
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    Flaxman Charles John Spurrell
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Memphite Necropolis: Saqqara
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    43 mm x 32 mm
  • Related people
    Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner); William Matthew Flinders Petrie (Previous owner); Flaxman Charles John Spurrell (Collector, previous owner)
  • Related documents/media

Ownership

Previous owners

Object view = Humanities
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