Coffin Fragment



Left fist from an anthropoid (human-shaped) coffin. The front is naturalistically formed with an applied thin layer of plaster which is painted pale red (?) for the skin with the back of the hand yellow with green and red stripes, perhaps representing a garment or adornment. The back surface is a flat plane and pegged to another wooden fragment of the coffin painted red. 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). Compare with another coffin fragment from the same collector, no. 1961.202.45. CONDITION NOTE (1998): Incomplete,dry, deep split along length, chipped surface, cracked, surface loss, surface dirt