Coffin Fragment



Left fist from an anthropoid (human-shaped) coffin. The front is naturalistically formed but the back surface is a flat plane. Front has a layer of plaster applied and there is trace of red paint between fingers. Peg in the middle of the back of the hand, for attachment. 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): Incomplete, dry, chipped, surface loss, loss of pigment, surface dirt.