Coffin Fragment



Modelled face sculptured from a single piece of wood. The front surface has been applied with a thin layer of plaster then painted white with details in black, red, blue and yellow. The front is naturalistically formed but the back surface is a flat plane. The face, or “mask”, was carved separately and would have been pegged in place on the coffin during the manufacture process. A sculptured wooden wig would have been affixed to the head by pegs. This construction technique was widely used during the Third Intermediate Period and Late Period (1069 BC – 332 BC). Old exhiibiton label (c. 1952) reads: PART OF COFFIN. The painted head from a wooden coffin found in a grave at Kafr Ammar". Back is marked in pencil 342. CONDITION NOTE (1998): Old infestation, dry wood, splitting, some flaking of gesso, cracked, label sellotaped to surface.