Coffin Fragment



Modelled face sculptured from a single piece of wood. The front is naturalistically formed but the back surface has been damaged extensively by termites. 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). Dating uncertain but recorded as being New Kingdom. CONDITION NOTE (1998): Extensive old infestations, some surface cracking, loss of pigment, friable, ?mould, surface dirt, some concretions and loose fragments. Gift of the Beni Hasan Excavation Committee 1904 (Nowich inv. 29.04 45).