Coffin Fragment


Right fist from an anthropoid (human-shaped) coffin, holding an object that may be folded cloth, a short stave or a document case (‘mekes’). The front is naturalistically formed but the back surface is a flat plane. Hands on anthropoid coffins were carved separately and would have been pegged in place on the coffin during the manufacture process. This construction technique is characteristic of coffins made in the late New Kingdom and the Third Intermediate Period and Late Period (about 1100 BC – 715 BC). CONDITION NOTE (1998): Old insect infestation, damage to knuckle area, surface loss, surface dirt, concretions.