Coffin Fragment



Modelled face sculptured from a single piece of wood. 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). CONDITION NOTE (1998): Some damage, surface loss, old infestation, label adhered to back, loss of pigment. Label adhered to the back has handwritten annotation in ink, "Picked up at the temple of Abydos, Upper Egypt. February 1st 1884 by W. H. Paul". Donor not recorded, but perhaps W. H. Paul or a member of their family.